READING OF THE DAY
A reading from the Book of the prophet Ezekiel
The Lord GOD said to me:
As for you, son of man, obey me when I speak to you:
be not rebellious like this house of rebellion,
but open your mouth and eat what I shall give you.
It was then I saw a hand stretched out to me,
in which was a written scroll which he unrolled before me.
It was covered with writing front and back,
and written on it was:
Lamentation and wailing and woe!
He said to me: Son of man, eat what is before you;
eat this scroll, then go, speak to the house of Israel.
So I opened my mouth and he gave me the scroll to eat.
Son of man, he then said to me,
feed your belly and fill your stomach
with this scroll I am giving you.
I ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth.
He said: Son of man, go now to the house of Israel,
and speak my words to them.
GOSPEL OF THE DAY
From the Gospel according to Matthew
MT 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever becomes humble like this child
is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
for I say to you that their angels in heaven
always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.
What is your opinion?
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray,
will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills
and go in search of the stray?
And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it
than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.
In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father
that one of these little ones be lost.”
Tuesday of 19th Week in Ordinary Time
Dear People of God,
The Word of God in today’s Gospel teaches the disciples as well as everyone a lesson: To enter the Kingdom of Heaven, one must become humble, small, and simple like a child.
God came to earth to be an example to show us the way how to live in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, the most peaceful, happiest place, and where there is eternal life. In the part of God, He doesn’t care about the great or the low, the big or the small. He only wants to dignify humility and self-abasement. He said: Whoever wants to be great must be the smallest of all.
In the Kingdom of Heaven where God the Father dwells, He does not ask people to do anything to be the greatest in His Kingdom, it does not matter to God. As in the Gospel, the disciples ask Jesus: “Teacher, who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” He did not answer directly and frankly to the disciples, but he said “Unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” To be like a child is to live a simple, small, lowly, humble, selfless life before God.
God also shows man that: in the Kingdom of God, although He is the greatest, Creator, he has become the lowest among all men, taking on the human condition like so many other human beings, that is the humility and self – abasement of God. There is no arrogance, no boasting, self-satisfaction, but He always lives in love and harmony with everyone, with no regard for the big or the small. God wants everyone to imitate Him and love as God loves so that they can enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Today’s Word of God wants to emphasize for everyone: In order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, we must live a simple life, be humble, -abase ourselves, love, sacrifice and forgive. God wants his disciples and all His children to love one another as God loves them. This is God’s Love commandment what God invites us to follow in our life.
Thanks be to God. Amen.