Jesus states, Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
In our “grown-up” worlds of ego, self-reliance, and “I am in control attitudes,” we can easily lose the ability to be like children.
I was in church praying before Mass, and the silence was broken by a young girl crying and outwardly pleading, “Daddy, I’m sorry; I promise I won’t do it again; please don’t take me outside.”
How often do we find ourselves in confession uttering similar words of remorse, just like this child, speaking to God… Father, “Daddy,” please forgive me. I failed again, and I know I need you. I will do better. Never permit me to be separated from you again.
In my recent confession, a beautiful priest gently reminded me of what you and I should see every time we look in the mirror – I am a son/daughter of the Living God. Like innocent children, we should see Jesus’ reflection within ourselves and in every person we encounter.
EVERYTHING good comes from God. God alone will provide us with everything that we need. He is the only one who can provide the food of everlasting life. He gives us this food of himself so that, like an innocent child, we may rely on him to grow into another image of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Let him hold your hand, guide you, and provide you with all you need through the Most Holy Eucharist.
Let go and let God. Be that beautiful child that only seeks the loving embrace of His merciful Father!
Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom his love commits me here; ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.