Reflections - October 7, 2018

“Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Mk. 10:15.

Today’s Gospel tells us to receive the Kingdom of God as a child. I believe we should ask two questions to be able to receive the fruits from this Gospel in our spiritual lives. The first is: What is the significance of the Kingdom of God? And the second is: How can we be like children to receive the Kingdom?

For Jesus the Kingdom of God is everything that is opposed to evil. Jesus’ criticisms of the Scribes and Pharisees was not based on their doctrine, which, of course, was based on the Law of Moses, but in the way they acted and interpreted that law based on their own interests and the prestige that men could give to them. “The Pharisees approached and asked, they were testing him. “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife? That hypocrisy is what Jesus says keeps us away from the Kingdom of God. But Jesus told them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment……Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” Who can live and understand the mystery of the Kingdom? “Those that are like children”.

Jesus was not opposed to the law but in the way the law was used. The Scribes and Pharisees had turned the law into a burden when it was suppose to be a service. “They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them.” Mt. 23:4.

To be like children is to try to build the Kingdom of God by putting my life in the Lord’s hands as a “blank check”. With all my confidence, Lord, I put myself in your hands for You to put with Your Love and Mercy the amount of success or the amount of failure into the pleasant or painful experiences of my life. I would feel unhappy if I would not walk as a child, if I would not know that the Kingdom of Love is You and that You welcome me as I am with all my weaknesses and with all my limitations and my brother as well. That is what will make us happy in the end to live in Your Kingdom and to also see you in the needy because they are also part of the Kingdom of God, a sacrament of Your Love.

When you receive sacred communion ask the Lord to make you as a child to be able to see the Kingdom of God in your life, in your family and in your community. Amen.