Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Feast of Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe
Good morning. Stop Being Such A Child! Who hasn’t at some point in their life heard such an admonishment? Yet, in the Gospel for this morning we hear from Jesus about the need to be more childlike. He says: “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Today we recall the heroic life of Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe. His life of self-emptying, self-giving love reminds us of the need for humility in our lives if we too are to follow the path of our Savior. Children too teach us humility.
As parents there is a lesson to be learned. Yes, our children have a lesson to offer us, a lesson of humility. Children are wonderful examples to us adults of humility. The thoughts and intentions of children are free of pretensions; their prayers are pure and simple, their outlook on the world hopeful and full of optimism. Children are playful and creative. There is much we can learn from our children. Imagine if married couples interacted with one another as children tend to do. Imagine, if you will, looking at one another with a child’s eye, and asking questions of one another without reservation, and exploring each other with a sense of not knowing. Go ahead, dare to be childlike. Make a great day!
Today we recall the good life, gifts, and work of Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe.
Posted by Donald Gatwood at 5:54 AM