10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies (No.161)
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 18:1-5,10
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
A child not traumatized by a troubled childhood, will be a more complete human being than they ever will be when they grow up.
A child brought up in a loving and caring environment has the capacity for total joy and total surrender. They will be trusting of those who care for them and those they encounter in their life.
As we leave our childhood behind, we are often affected by materialism or experience hurt and betrayal of so-called friends.
In order to experience the freedom of a child, we must reject values such as materialism, caring about the opinions of others and holding on to resentment.
As adults we require courage to take the necessary steps to return to childhood after we have grown up. And we need courage to grow up in the first place.
To be a person of true joy, affection, loyalty and spontaneity means we have to embrace the forgiveness that Jesus offers and to offer that forgiveness to those who have hurt us.
This is the childlikeness (not childishness) that Jesus invites us to enter into today.
5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.
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