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25th Sunday n Ordinary Time – 2021 (B)
“Whoever receives me…”
Who is the most important or the greatest person that you have welcomed into your homes?
This Sunday’s gospel reminds us that if we are to be true disciples of Our Lord, then we must be ready to welcome little children and be ready to serve our brothers and sisters particularly thee least among us the way Jesus did. But why little children? A child has no social status nor influence. A child is a nobody. But it is the “nobody” that God takes a preferential option to care for because they have no one else to rely on.
To make a gift of ourselves the way Jesus did and to serve as He served takes a lot of courage and humility. And we can very well find our encouragement when Our Lord Jesus said, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me. “ I pray that you had the opportunity to welcome the Lord in your homes when you welcome the little and the least of our brothers and sisters.
But this is easier said than done. That is why he reminded his disciples the second time about his coming passion and death. This is part of the consequence of the life he has chosen. Sadly, his disciples did not understand and were afraid to ask Our Lord. It will take a lot of courage to face the challenges of the cross. Let the Lord Himself be our strength!