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Receives a Child
Today’s Reading Matthew 18:5 “Whoever receives one child like this in my name, welcomes me.” New International Version

Taking care of children is an exhausting routine that we perform every day; bathe, dress them with clean clothes; feed them; tell them what to do, even if they do it; not leave them for a few seconds because they run up where they should not or run to the middle of the street.

That is why we have thousands of poorly educated, abused and neglected children. Not everyone is willing to sacrifice his life babysitting

The child is helpless and dependent, and although requires much, it corresponds with almost nothing. So the child should be welcomed, accepted, loved and all this without expecting a lot from them.

The truth, however, is that this is true love; the willingness to give of ourselves without expecting anything back. This is how Christ loves us. And it’s that kind of waiver and release what Jesus requires of us, if we want to be his disciples.

We know this because Jesus, when his disciples were arguing about which of them was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, he took a child and placed it in their midst, saying: “Whoever receives one child like this in my name, welcomes me.”

Ildefonso Torres