Children & lost sheep: Our Lord’s lesson on openness & dignity

Johnny Durnan [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Sometimes when I see young children I’m surprised by how wide their eyes open. It is like they are sponges soaking up new information and experiences. Openness is one of things Our Lord is trying to teach us in today’s Gospel: “unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). In order to be open to the Kingdom we need to have the openness of a child and the desire to receive what the Lord gives us. The second thing Our Lord teaches us about today is our dignity. Every person–without exception–is made in the image and likeness of God. Testament to this is the fact God gives a guardian angel to each person. Guardian angels aren’t mythology; they are real signs of God’s love for us and dedicated intercessors in the Kingdom. The reason why the man goes to find the lost sheep in the second part of today’s Gospel is that it was worth finding. The man’s recognition of the sheep’s dignity establishes a relationship of love between the man and his sheep. Similarly, God sees you as worth finding. May we always be open to letting God find us!

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