Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Like Children

Readings for Tuesday, August 9/ St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross:
Deuteronomy 31:1-8
Deuteronomy 32:3, 4, 7-9,12
Matthew 18:1-5, 1, 12-14

"Unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven."

Most children have no qualms telling adults what they want. They will quickly and repeatedly tell you 'I want this' or 'I need that' because they realize quite well that they are not capable of getting it themselves. They are dependent on others to help them and it is evident by their reaching out to us to help. And this is what the Lord desires of each of us - to reach out to Him.

St. Thomas Aquinas says that humility is simply knowing the truth. And the truth is that we are nothing. And yet we are everything in the eyes of God. Everything that we do is solely because of God's grace. His grace permits each breath we take and every action we do throughout the day; we are utterly reliant upon Him for everything. And the challenge is for us to truly realize it and to live it. To recognize that, like a child, we cannot do for ourselves but must simply cry out 'I want' and 'I need' to the One who can truly provide for us. Come, Holy Spirit, and teach us how to pray.