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Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (9th August, 2016) on the Gospel

 
Ezek 2:8–3:4;
Ps 118:14.24.72.103.111.131. (R. v.103);
Matt 18:1-5.10.12-14.

Topic: True greatness.

The disciples asked Jesus in today’s gospel, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus put a child among them and told them that one must become like a child to enter the kingdom of heaven, and to be the greatest requires childlike humility. He also warns against despising children.

Jesus highlights among other things childlike humility. This goes with lots of blessings, cf. Prov 3:34; 1Pt 5:5; Jas 4:6. God decorates the humble with victory, leads them in what is right, and also teaches them His way, cf. Ps 25:9; 149:4b. Their deliverance is assured, cf. 2Sam 22:28; Ps 18:27.

Jesus warns, “whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matt 23:12; cf. Lk 14:11. 18:14). And the Psalmist writes, “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Ps 127:1). Let us therefore humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt us, cf. 1Pt 5:6. True greatness comes from God to those who are truly humble.

Bible Reading: 1Pt 5:6-11; 1Cor 1:18-31.

Thought for today: Pride brings disgrace, but humility wisdom, cf. Prov 11:2.

Let us pray: Lord, give us the grace of humility – Amen.

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