Gift: Wisdom– With the gift of wisdom, we see God at work in our lives and in the world. For the wise person, the wonders of nature, historical events, and the ups and downs of our lives take on deeper meaning. The matters of judgment about the truth, and being able to see the image of God.
Reading: In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost. (Matthew 18:14)
Observation: Some people say that we cannot control what path our children take in life, it is usually in defense of a child that has left the church for some reason or another. This verse from today’s Gospel reading is saying to me that this is a dangerous attitude to have, because although we cannot control the path another human being chooses of their own free will, God is saying here that His will is that none of our children are ever lost, and we should adopt this attitude towards leading our children to the faith. Never give up and never stop going in search of them and leading them back to the fold, if they should get lost.
Personification: Generosity. If I understand this verse correctly, God will never give up on his lost children, regardless of their past decisions or indecision in their faith. Therefore, I should be willing to give everything I have, in displaying the fruit of generosity, to win these children back for God. If God was willing to send His Son to die to redeem me, I should be willing to give anything to help bring someone back to Him.
Prayer: Lord, I know that I don’t have the ability to save anyone, but show me the way to give what I can of myself and my resources to align myself with Your will for them. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit…Amen