October 2, 2015
(Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels)
Jesus called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me. “See 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.” Mt_18:1-5, 10
They say that you can see the face of God in the eyes of a little child.
Sometimes that face may be filled with joy. Sometimes sadness. And sometimes, even disappointment, fear, or anger with us. It’s ironic, because those are all the same faces and sentiments that we offer to our children. The difference is, that we expect them to meet our expectations, our needs and our law, when they’re the ones who have never been tainted by the negative side of our world. And when they sense that taint in us – they’ll use every emotion they can muster to wake us back up to the reality – that they’re the ones who should be teaching us, because in our wealth of experience with this tainted world, we are the ones who have lost the Joy, and the Love, and the total Reliance on God – that a child still has.
This was the point that Jesus was making to His disciples about children.
As parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents, I think we’ve all come to know, to understand, and to appreciate the fact – that it’s not about how great we are, but it’s about how great God is in the eyes of others. It was important enough to Jesus, that He said it would be better for us to drown in the sea, then to suffer the torment of Hell – for causing a child to lose their innocence and fall into sin.
Today, as we celebrate the Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels, God asks us to open our hearts and our minds to listen for, and respond to – His call. But you know what, sometimes as hard as we try to hear that mystical, magical voice of God – we just don’t. And that’s exactly when our Guardian Angels will use someone else who will listen for us.
Instead of coming from a burning bush, or a whispering wind, or a holy grotto, God’s call to us – just might come from an even less likely place . . . It may be a friend. It might be a stranger. It might be a Word we hear in Church, or even, out of the blue, on TV. But then again, it might just come from the wordless eyes of a little child.
If we listen close enough, our clue will be obvious –
it’s in the LOVE.
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