Mass Readings: Ezekiel 2:8–3:4/Matthew 18:1-5,10,12-14

Big Kids

I remember reading a popular psychology article that said all of us are basically still children, no matter our ages. It is just that some of us are bigger than others. This reminded me of my beloved Uncle Ted. His farm when I was a child had all kinds of exotic animals, from Vietnamese pigs to Brahma bulls to rare geese. He knew what he wanted to be when he grew up: a big child, one could say. And a nice one. Uncle Ted was also a man of faith. I remember him once asking us children: “Why are people who believe in God and heaven so afraid of dying? You’d think we would look forward to heaven. I am.”

As Christ says in today’s Gospel, “unless you turn and become like children.”

Prayer: God, our Father, we are Your children. Keep our faith strong and childlike in its purity.