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Santo Nino – January 19, 2014

Image Source: flickr.com/photos/verzo
Image Source: flickr.com/photos/verzo

 

Gospel Mt 18:1-5.10

From a simple question
about who ranks first in the
Kingdom of God, Jesus takes
the opportunity to teach us how
much he values children, and
how much we too should value
and love them.

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. And whoever receives
one child such as this in
my name receives me.
Whoever causes one of
these little ones who believe in
me to sin, it would be better for
him to have a great millstone
hung around his neck and to
be drowned in the depths of the
sea.
See that you do not despise
one of these little ones, for I
say to you that their angels in
heaven always look upon the
face of my heavenly Father.”

Source: wordandlife.org

In the Philippines as well as other countries, the image of the Child Jesus, more popularly known as the Santo Nino is much revered. However, the faithful is reminded to go deeper and consider what the image represents. The Santo Nino is a representation of the innocence and the inherent good qualities that every child possesses.

When asked by his disciples as to who is considered to be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus answered that it is those that are like children in their humility and trust in God. Jesus also reminds us to take care not to be the source of corruption of innocent children for to do so puts us in a situation where we are better off “with a millstone hung around our necks to be drowned in the depths of the sea”. These words underscores the gravity of leading children into sin. Children occupy a special place in God’s kingdom.