“Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”
Matthew 18: 1-5, 10, 12-14
How many of us like to be considered ‘little’? Undoubtedly, many would readily acknowledge that in the eyes of God, we are indeed little – nothing, even. But what about being of little consequence in the eyes of other persons like ourselves? Are we content to be little and stay little then?
Yet Jesus says that “…unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” Jesus also says, “…the one who makes himself as little as this little child, is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
What does this ‘littleness’ of a child entail? It entails an overthrow of worldliness and empty pride; it entails an embrace of humility, simplicity and a genuine love for God and neighbour.
There is no place in Heaven for the person who is not humble; who is puffed-up with pride and arrogance. There is also no place in Heaven for the persons who work to corrupt the mind of a little child.
Are we courageous enough to be humble? Lord, have mercy on us!
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