First Reading: 2 Cor. 9:6-10
Psalm: Ps. 112:1-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9
Gospel: Jn. 12:24-26
Have you ever wondered why, in his teachings about theKingdomofGod, Jesus always used children and sheep? Even Jesus Christ himself, the Son of the Most High, is the Lamb of God. A child will always be completely dependent on his parents for his needs and will always have this unwavering trust in them. A child who is separated from his parents will feel lost and insecure and his survival is compromised. A sheep is also completely dependent and trusting towards its master. A sheep that is about to be slaughtered will not attempt to run away even if someone opens the gate to set it free. It will not move from its place unless it is led out by its master. The unconditional love, loyalty, faith and confidence they show towards their keepers (the child towards his parents, the sheep towards the shepherd) makes them so endearing and vulnerable. Their innocence and littleness make them big in God’s eyes.
God calls on us today to come before Him as the child that we are and in our littleness, we magnify His infinite greatness, mercy and love.