Jul 13 (Mt 11:25-27)

Eight-year-old Charles was affected with brain cancer. 
As part of his treatment, following a surgery, he underwent chemotherapy. 
(Chemotherapy affects all cells – healthy as well as cancer cells.

>> As a result, hair fall is one of the commonly affecting side-effects) 
When Charles’ hair began to fall out in large clumps, it was decided to shave his head completely. 
A few days later, Charles went to school. 
The class teacher explained to her little students about the situation of Charles and why his hairs had to be shaved off.
The following day, the teacher was in for a surprise…
>> She saw all the 38 boys of her class with bald heads!
 On enquiring, the leader of the class stood up and said:

“We shaved off our heads, so that Charles doesn’t feel lonely!

This is our way to support and encourage him – being bald, so that he can be bold!”
The teacher had tears in her eyes…

… and with a great sense of honour for her kids, she wrote on the blackboard:

“Bald heads and Bold Hearts!”

Children have wonderful characteristics, isn’t it?

>> They sympathize and share

>> They are loving and loyal

>> They accept and admire

>> They forgive and forget

>>They try and trust
Is it any surprise that Jesus used children as an example to be imitated?
>> What is it that prevents us becoming child-like?

The Gospel of the Day presents Jesus thanking the Father for His gracious wisdom…

… and for His revelations to Little Children (to babes)! (Mt 10:25)

BIG things often come in small packages! 

>> BIG innovations are made by those who lower themselves, to seek higher!! 

>> BIG mysteries are experienced by those who make themselves little, to be in awe of them!!!
“It is only by being little that we ever discover anything big”!

The Lord today His raises heart to the Father in praise:

“I give praise to You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to the childlike” (Mt 11:25)

 


It is an unfortunate truth that those who THINK THEY KNOW, often FAIL TO LEARN 

… those who assume to be Learned, often fall short of being taught 

… those who presuppose to be Wise, mostly are unsuccessful in discovering newer truths.
Many of the Pharisees and the Scribes, during Jesus’ time, belonged to this category. 

Jesus, the teacher-par-excellence came explaining the Truth and the Mystery of the Law.. 

The Wise and Learned of the Society failed to assimilate Him. 

>> The simple and the open-hearted…the disciples and others…were able to accept Him!
“It is only by being little that we ever discover anything big”!
For our Spiritual Life…

… Kids can teach us much

…. Little children can educate us to a great extent
1. A Sense of Total Dependence

>>  Little children depend on the elders for their sustenance. 
We need to Depend on God, who is our Father and who loves to lavish His goodness on us. 
This does not, of course mean, a lazy attitude to life…rather, a Holy Disposition, of realizing, that “Whatever Happens in my Life, I know, God will take care of Me!” 
>> Have I lost my Sense of Total Dependence on God? 
It is only by being little that we ever discover anything big! 
2. An attitude of Immense Enthusiasm

>>  Little children are full of life, vigour and enthusiasm. 
The story of many of our lives could be sadly declared as, “Died at 30, buried at 70″! 
The modern day tension and worries of life take away the zing and  dynamism from our lives…

>>  We tend to become…

… “a people of routine”

… “an individual of listlessness”

…. “a society of apathy” 

… and “an order of sluggishness”! 
Life becomes boring

>>  Life turns out to be lacklustre. 

>> Have I lost an attitude of Immense Enthusiasm? 
“It is only by being little that we ever discover anything big”!
3. A Touch of Tenderness

>> Little children symbolize tenderness and warmth. 
Our hustle-bustle lives, often, tend to be wrapped with…

… rude words

… tough looks

… angry gestures

… and impolite manners. 
Our hearts lose tenderness. 

>> Our eyes remain shut in callousness. 
>> Have I lost a touch of Tenderness?  

 
“It is only by being little that we ever discover anything big”! 

  
> Do we want to climb the ladder of sanctity?

>> Do we want to possess God? 

>>> Do we want to penetrate into the deeper mysteries of the kingdom of God? 
There is one sure way: By being a Child in our heavenly Father’s arms. 

… The more little we become, the more elevated we will be!

>> “The attitude of our life determines our altitude in life”!

Let us seek the intercession and be inspired by St Henry, whose feast we celebrate today.

>> He was one of the best rulers of the Roman Empire of the 10th century.

>> He showed his love for Jesus and the Church with sincerity and love and was a man of prayer 

>> He promoted Church reforms, encouraged growth of new monasteries, built beautiful churches 
St Henry is the patron saint of the childless, the handicapped and those rejected by religious orders. 

Jesus invites and challenges us to be child-like: with BALD HEADS (shaven of our pride!) and BOLD HEARTS (total dependence on the Father!)
>> Are we ready… to have Bald Heads and Bold Hearts?

God Bless! Live Jesus!
– Fr Jijo Manjackal MSFS

  Bengaluru, India

2 thoughts on “Jul 13 (Mt 11:25-27)

  1. Thank you Fr.Jijo. vimal.ims

    On Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 6:36 PM, Reflection Capsules wrote:

    > Fr Jijo Manjackal MSFS posted: “Eight-year-old Charles was affected with > brain cancer. As part of his treatment, following a surgery, he underwent > chemotherapy. (Chemotherapy affects all cells – healthy as well as cancer > cells. >> As a result, hair fall is one of the ” >

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  2. Thank you dear Father Jijo! That’s a wonderful reflection. I admire these brave hearts, the class mates of ‘Charles’ God bless you!

    On Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 9:06 PM, Reflection Capsules wrote:

    > Fr Jijo Manjackal MSFS posted: “Eight-year-old Charles was affected with > brain cancer. As part of his treatment, following a surgery, he underwent > chemotherapy. (Chemotherapy affects all cells – healthy as well as cancer > cells. >> As a result, hair fall is one of the ” >

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