On being child-like

Father Cris’ homily last Sunday (Jan. 16, 2011) focused on the Child Jesus and his image which shows that He is both God and truly human, as well as the characteristics of a child which should not be taken for granted when dealing with human development and parenting:

C–reative. Our creativity should enable us to find ways to become a blessing to others.

H–umble. To be great is to be humble. “If you want to feel alright, then give up the thought that you are right.”

I–nnocent. Let’s not just be innocent but be pure in spirit and become fully aware of our consciousness.

L–oving. If we want love, let’s start loving others first. When Jesus said, “Love your enemies,” he meant “Have no enemies.” We can only love if we don’t have negative emotions and thoughts.

D–ependent. We may have attained success in life or worldly occupations, yet we never stop wanting and we always try to look from the outside while the most precious treasure is in ourselves. Only, we need to do some cleaning to free love, peace, and joy that come from within – the only true Source, God, who is always in our midst. We cannot do all things without the grace of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

All we need is to stop being childish and be like a child.

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To Enter God’s Kingdom, You Should Be Like a Child

Children are eager. All four Gospels bear the account of people bringing their young ones before the Lord Jesus so that He might touch them. When His disciples tried to stop them, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it” (Lk 18:15-17).

Children are humble. At another time the disciples asked Jesus, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus answered, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 18:1-4).

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