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Saints Pontian and Hippolytus, Martyrs August 13, 2019

Saints Pontian and Hippolytus, Martyrs  August 13, 2019
by Arlenne Villahermosa last modified Aug 13, 2019 06:46 AM

Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 Jesus said to his disciples, "It is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost."

Saints Pontian and Hippolytus, Martyrs

Readings of the Day

Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

The disciples approached Jesus and said,
"Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?"
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
"Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever becomes humble like this child
is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

"See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
for I say to you that their angels in heaven
always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.
What is your opinion?
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray,
will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills
and go in search of the stray?
And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it
than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. 
In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father
that one of these little ones be lost."
 
 
Reflection
We are responsible for each other and to each other.  Jesus is calling us all to be responsible stewards of each other, and we can only do that in the context of the story of God's creation - that we are not separate from each other and from the rest of creation; we are a community of beings mutually enhancing our existence on this planet.
 
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