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Sunday, January 15, 2017

My Lord says .... Matthew 18:1-5,10


1At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2He called a child over, places it in their midst, 3and said, 

“Amen, I say to you, 

unless you turn and become like children, 

You will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 
4Whoever humbles himself like this child 
Is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 
5And whoever receives one child 
Such as this in my name receives me. 
10See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
For I say to you that their angels in heaven 
Always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”

*In deep thoughts …

In any relationship, I’ve heard many times someone say, “You’re being childish.  I don’t like you anymore.  Grow up.”    Is being childish a bad thing or not the right thing to be? What does it take to be childlike that you don’t want to be? 

Whenever my 5-year old granddaughter does something wrong, her mother confronts her and always ask her to say this,  “What will you say?”  Then my granddaughter’s response  always is, “I’m sorry.”  My elder daughter has been training her daughter to take up the responsibility for anything her daughter does wrong by letting her do the correct or proper way of doing things.  Her kind of upbringing her daughter shows the call for an ACTION -- firstly,  to admit the mistake and then express the sincerity of apologizing for the wrongdoing;  secondly, to do the thing the right or proper way;  and thirdly, to keep from doing the same misdeed.  Normally, at this stage, a child is really being programmed to be polite, honest, courteous, responsible, and so forth.  They are doing a great job as responsible parents and setting good examples to their only daughter. 

In reality, when a child  grows up, parents can’t always keep their child from committing a mistake or probably the same wrong doing again.  The truth is -- no one can because we make choices in our life, especially when we become an adult. We are endowed with free will to do things ourselves.  I’ve heard many times, too, people say,  “I’m just human.  I can’t control myself.” That’s why, whatever decision we make, it really does matter.  We should not forget to ask ourselves, “Am I being childish if I do this? 

On the other hand, there are many children in the whole world who are being abused emotionally, physically, and sexually.  Luckily, we were born, nurtured by our parents, and grew up as an adult.  But how about those unborn babies who were not given a chance to live because they were aborted willingly or unwillingly by their own mothers due to many personal reasons?  Children, especially unborn babies who can’t even defend themselves, are exposed to the dangers and contingencies of the world.  Remember, as what our Lord Jesus Christ said,

10See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
For I say to you that their angels in heaven 
Always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”

" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."

Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a 

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