In the book of Wisdom today, God is preparing us to understand that a person has to suffer in this life. He prepares us to understand how Jesus was persecuted and handed over to be killed.
In the letter to St. James, he reminds us, where jealous and selfishness exist, there is disorder, but the wisdom from God is pure, peaceful, gentle, compliant and full of mercy and good fruit. In order for us to sow peace and good fruit in our hearts and in our daily lives, we have to cultivate that peace. The hard part is figuring out how to do that daily. We have to allow ourselves to be guided by him and not by this world.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus shows us how he traveled with his disciples. Sometimes the best way to get to know someone is to travel with them and walk with them every step of the way. He was trying to teach them, not one but all are important. All they were thinking about was who is going to be first in the kingdom. They still didn’t understand, they kept discussing amongst themselves who was going to be the best. They were physically close to Jesus but not spiritually. They had a long way to go before they really understood. Then he reached out for a child and told them they had to be like a little child. A child doesn’t have expectations. Children trust and have unconditional love. That is what they had to do. This is what we have to do also, trust and have unconditional love for each other.
Jesus doesn’t ignore any one of us. We all eat at His table, consuming the word of God and bread of life. The world of a child is full of small things which we do not consider important, but maybe we should. Jesus lets us know the greatest and the most important, is the one who is willing to serve with humility and generosity.
May God bless all of you as we travel together on this journey that God has given. May we be willing to love and serve one another as He serves and loves us.
Deacon Ben Flores