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The greatest in the Kingdom

Gospel Reading: Mt 18:1-5, 10

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 humbles himself 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.”

REFLECTION – Their angels in heaven
Most of us believe we can take care of ourselves. In fact, some resist asking or receiving help from others, seeing it as a kind of weakness. But perhaps no one would resist the idea of being guarded by angels. It feels so safe to think that “higher powers” are up there looking after you.

Angels are basically messengers of God: they fulfill whatever mission God asks them to do. Some, precisely, are tasked to guard and protect us, human beings, whom God wants to be spared from evil forces.

Our guardian angels, therefore, are, as it were, God’s own hands protecting us always. So we can stay calm and do the tasks God has entrusted us with.

“Because you have the Lord for your refuge and have made the Most High your stronghold, no evil shall befall you… For he commands his angels with regard to you, to guard you wherever you go” (Ps 91:9-11).

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