Gospel of Matthew 18: 1-5, 10, 12-14 Reflection:
In today’s gospel Jesus warns us against pride. The disciples want to know who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus takes a child and says, ‘unless you become like little children you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.’
Children are naturally humble and teachable; they know they need others and need to learn. Grownups are just too smart. We know everything and we feel we do not need to be taught anything; we are self-sufficient.
It is hard for a self-sufficient know-all to accept that he has to do the will of God, it goes against their grain. Jesus had no bother with this, he tells us that he came not to do his own will but the will of ‘my Father in heaven.’
We should learn from Jesus. If he found doing the will of God a productive and fulfilling way of life how much more shall we enjoy life in the will of God?
Being teachable and recognizing our need of God is an act of humility. God honours that mind-set and dwells with those who are willing to learn and know they are dependent upon him.
Such is the scheme of things, that the arrogant and proud, those who are self-sufficient and who see no need of God, are cutting themselves of from his grace and help.