2 October, 2017: Having Childlike Faith

Two boys in the park, having fun with colored eggs for Easter

Memorial of the Guardian Angels

Reading 1: Zech. 8. 1-8; Gospel: Mt. 18. 1-5,10.

“Become as little children”: This is how Jesus characterized conversion. Like the Beatitudes, it pictures faith as simple, helpless trusting dependence of those who have no resources of their own. Little children have a special humility and are easily taught. Most adults are not this way. When a person is converted, he turns from his old ways and starts out brand new. A little child is enthusiastic and eager to learn, and has a love that is forgiving. He has simple trust. Children, when very young, do not desire authority, do not regard outward distinctions, are free from malice, are ‘teachable’, and are willingly dependent on their parents. It is true that they soon begin to show other dispositions, and other ideas are taught them at an early age; but these are marks of childhood, and render them proper emblems of the lowly minds of true Christians. Most adults are different, constantly comparing their lives with others. Few have confidence or faith in anyone or anything. Surely we need to be daily renewed in the spirit of our minds that we may become simple and humble, as little children, and willing to be the least of all. The question today is do we have the heart and attitudes of a child? It doesn’t mean that we have to be childish but childlike simplicity and that dependence on god and to trust in him so that the routine daily life may become more alive and the perfect growth of the person’s faith and life will happen.

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