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10/07/18 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Deacon Tony

Deacon Tony Conti

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 140

  • Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel: “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it."
  • We may have heard this Gospel passage for years, but have we ever really considered what it means to be like a little child?
  • Do we even think it’s possible to become childlike after so many years of struggle in what we often refer to as the “Real World?”
  • Jesus doesn’t make this statement for effect – He makes it because it’s the truth
  • So how can Jesus expect us to go back and become childlike with all of our responsibilities… with all of the hurts that life may have dealt us… with all of the burdens that we carry... How can this be?
  • Perhaps we should first try to understand what it means to be childlike...
  • Little Children are first and foremost innocent, they’re caring, and they’re spontaneous...
  • They possess a sense of wonder, a sense of excitement for life, a sense of possibility...
  • Little Children dream dreams, they have vivid imaginations, they love unconditionally...
  • Little children are simple, and sincere in everything that they do...
  • Little Children live in the here and now, not in the past, or in the future...
  • Little Children are full of the joy of life...
  • Simply put – Little Children are fully human... Can each of us say the same of ourselves?
  • Every human being was born this way, but somewhere along the way, in learning to be “responsible and street wise,” we may have been taught to suppress some of the most important attributes of our humanity...
  • It’s ironic that the deeper we go in our study of the Gospels, the more we begin to realize how much we need to unlearn of what the world has taught us to believe...
  • So how can we regain this childlike sense of wonder and possibility… How can we find our lost enthusiasm, our hope for the future, our innocence, our joy, and our spontaneity again?
  • Perhaps we can start, by becoming more aware of God’s continuing presence in the world around us..
  • In preparing to send out the twelve disciples in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells them: “As you go, make this proclamation: 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'“ (Mt 10:7)
  • The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand... But first we may need to lift our heads from our daily tasks and routines and look around us in order to see it...
    • Fall is here, and before we blink, it will be Christmas... Can we take a few minutes each day to look at the trees and watch them change?
    • Can we take a moment each day to look up at the clouds and stand still long enough to see them slowly drift across the sky?
    • Can we take a moment to look up at the night sky, and wonder at the splendor and the vastness of the universe...
  • The beauty of nature is a pale reflection of the magnificence of God... and it’s a good place to start if our aim is to become more childlike...
  • St. John gives us a beautiful promise in The Book of Revelation (21:5) – “The One who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new."
  • Children live in the present, in the Eternal Now... They experience life anew each day, each moment...
  • Every day, God creates us anew... Every day God gives us new life...
  • We can immerse this new life in the hurts and disappointments of the past, we can stifle it in the fear of the future, or we can embrace it, (as little children do), and live it fully for the Glory of God, in the here and now...
  • What we do with the new life that God gives us each day is up to us...
  • Becoming more childlike is not about throwing caution to the wind and acting irresponsibly... It’s about unlearning those learned behaviors that keep us from becoming more fully human...
  • It’s about the choices we make each day on how we will spend our time
  • The only thing that’s preventing us from becoming more childlike is ourselves...
  • Are we living in the present, or are we always somewhere else in our heads...
  • Are we open to the wonder of the magnificence of God’s creation, or are we burning ourselves out staring at our computer, cell phone or TV screens?
  • Have we been to reconciliation lately to allow Christ to heal our wounds and help us regain our innocence, or do we stubbornly continue to drag our excess baggage through life...
  • Can we see the possibilities of the future, or are we mired in the pessimism and cynicism of the present...
  • Jesus asks each of us to see His Creation through new eyes, through the eyes of a little child...
  • He asks us not to let the burdens and distractions of the world dampen the Spirit which He has given each of us... Not to allow the world to rob us of the joy of life that He wants to renew within us each day...
  • Are we willing to start anew to develop the discipline to begin try to see through “new eyes,” and become a little more “childlike” in our outlook… Or will we persist in following our old familiar ways...
  • On the first of this month, we celebrated the Memorial of St. Therese of the Child Jesus – “The Little Flower,” who perhaps more than any other Saint, exhibited the childlike qualities that Jesus commends to us in today’s Gospel...
  • The day before she died, St. Therese told her sister Celine something that we must never forget: “Love alone counts.”
  • “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these...”

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