By the time mass came around I had read the Gospel 3 times, and suddenly these words came strongly to me at the end of it... and whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because the little one is a disciple - amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.
Yes, little one can mean humble and small in that way, but when we are called to be open to life and raise them as lights... little one means more so those that we are given and are truly little and depend upon us through life to care for them and nurture them and share our Faith with JOY with them!
The first part of the Gospel Jesus tells us that we need to die to self/"loses your life for my sake" in order for us to find LIFE eternal by taking up our cross and following after him. This dying to self is perfected in our domestic Church/homes/families where with our children arriving and expanding the LIFE/little ones we are responsible for... we become less so that we can serve them without counting the cost! I also see that marriage asks of us to put our spouse ahead of ourselves and serve them as we see Christ in them. Marriage hugely works on us in rubbing off the rough edges and helping us to die to our selfishness. I truly see the Sacrament of marriage as being a daily sacrament we must look to in helping us to be life-giving one to the other rather than life-taking. Lord, hear our prayer!
We all feel the innocence and closeness to God these little ones are... then as they pass through the waters of baptism as St Paul says to the Romans today..."bringing them to newness of life...If then we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him." Romans 6 Yes, we take very seriously that we continue to raise Joy in this newness of LIFE she received through her baptism. Attending mass each week as a family and sharing our Faith with JOY in our homes! Giving without counting the cost to your husband and family/children/lights/little one is a disciple/someone who believes and follows after Jesus!
Jesus, may we give without counting the cost and become more and more yours with each new day. Jesus, we trust in you. Bless-bless, Barb
When you are weary, when the smallness becomes hard to understand, draw near to the Lord.
Crawl up onto his lap and rest in his arms.
Because we are not servants.
We are daughters.
Nancy's small things post for today!
Perfect for today and always!