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Memorial-Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

Rev 3:14,20:  These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. ... "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

  Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, we know you long to share your presence and friendship with us. We know you are nearby as we draw each breath. But we confess that we are often unaware, and even sometimes unappreciative of your presence. We ask you this day to come into our heart and fill our life with your presence, comfort, and power. We want our life to be lived for you and with you. Holy and Almighty God, thank you for providing Jesus as our Lord and Savior. In Infant Jesus name we thanks and praise YOU. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (August 14, 2012)
Day: Memorial of Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Priest and Martyr
First Reading: Ez 2:8-3:4
Responsorial Pslam: Psalm 119:14,24,72,103,111,131
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Matthew 18:1-5,10,12-14
Lectionary: 414
Colour: Red
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 18:1-5,10,12-14)
The hunger for glory and greatness seems to be inherited in us. Who doesn't cherish the goal to be "somebody" whom others have a high regard for rather than a "nobody." Even the psalms speak about the glory God has intended for us. Jesus made a dramatic gesture by placing a child next to himself to demonstrate his disciples who really is the greatest in the kingdom of God. What can a little child perhaps teach us about greatness? Children in the early world had no rights, position, or freedom of their own. They were socially at the "bottom of the rung" and at the service of their parents, much like the family staff and domestic servants. What is the meaning of Jesus' gesture? Jesus elevated a little child in the company of his disciples by placing the child in a fortunate position of respect at his right side. It is usual, even today, to seat the guest of honor at the right side of the host. Who is the greatest in God's kingdom? The one who is humble and lowly of heart - which instead of declaring their rights willingly empty themselves of pride and self-seeking glory by taking the lowly place of a servant or child.

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