A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Tuesday 11 August

St Clare (M)

Ezekiel 2:8-3:4; Psalm 119;:9-16;
Matthew 18:1-5,10-14

Embody God’s love

In Matthew 18, Jesus talks about the church as an alternative community. They are to sustain each other and to “change and become like children”. This image is a paradox of greatness in the demanding against-the-grain alternative life of the cross. Children had no status. This is the conversion of the church into “the little ones” where rank and status disappear. Disciples are not to cause one another to stumble. We are to be active in caring for each other as God does in the parable of sheep that goes astray. We are to embody the love of God.

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