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The good news for the day August 9

Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time (414)

His students approached Jesus, “Who is the most important person in the realm of what is Right?” Jesus called a child over, set the child in the middle of everybody, and said, “I am telling you truth, unless you change and become like children, you will not enter the realm of what is right. Whoever becomes humbly unassuming like this child is the most important person in the realm of what is right. Besides that—if someone accepts one such child as part of our Family receives me. Stay alert not to belittle one of these little ones; I am telling you that their representatives in what is always true—always look upon the face of my Father in the realm of what is right. What is your opinion? Say, someone has a hundred sheep and one of them goes wandering off, will that person not leave the ninety-nine others in the hills and go in search of the stray? And if the shepherd finds the sheep—I am telling you the truth—that person is happier over it than over the ninety-nine that did not astray.  That’s the way it is—it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.”(Matthew 18)

You are a real adult when you respect everyone, no matter how small. You can correct others, disagree with them, do the disciplining of a child that needs to be done, and so on. The point is: to respect everyone. You are the child to the adults around you, in a way. You should treat everybody with respect, no matter how foolish they act, how ignorant they are, how handicapped in mind or body—or soul—you may think they are.

This is harder than it looks. You and I lose patience with people who choose denial and evasions, who lie and avoid, who hurt others in passing and even deliberately. We want to shake them, wake them; we want to smack ‘em. It is an honest feeling. But it is a wrong prejudice a bad habit.

The Good News is the newness you are—and stay! A child in outlook you respect the adult world around you. Children are often more forgiving, more willing to share, take turns, and in general respect the wisdom of older, wiser people. That is the Good News—that child-like respect.

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