WORD of the DAY
At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18: 1-4)
On the occasion of Don Bosco’s feast, we turn to the Word of God that invites us to acknowledge the little ones who are at our side. The little ones are not only the children, but also poor people and those considered by society to be unimportant. Jesus asks us to make these little ones the center of our preoccupations because ‘the Father does not want to lose even one of these little ones’.
Don Bosco gave his life to God at the service of the young and the littlest ones; those most in need of life in order to grow and find in Jesus a close friend who gives true life in abundance.
We are all called to be disciples of Jesus who tells us, “whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven”. Only those who seek to become ‘little’ can possess the Kingdom. Being little means recognizing the greatness of God’s love and the beauty of our own fragility where He can actualize His plan of Love and happiness for each of us. Being little is recognizing the gratuitous love God has for us; like His love for the littlest ones. There is no explanation. The little ones do not earn it. It is pure gift of God’s love shown to us and God asks us to imitate this love in the community if we say we are His disciples.
St. John Bosco, protect the life of the littlest ones and help us to live to bring them to Jesus.
The voice of St. John Bosco, Father and Teacher of Youth
It is not enough to love the young; they must feel that they are loved.