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19th Week Tuesday - Reflections

19th Week, Ordinary Time, Tuesday, 14-08-18
Ezekiel 2:8 - 3:4 / Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

There was a movie that was shown some time back called "Bruce Almighty".

It was about this ordinary man who was given godly powers for whatever reason.

Power is indeed very attractive and appealing, and more so for the ordinary man on the street who seems to feel so powerless in all that is happening around him.

And for sports stars to 4-star generals, to have power is to command respect and to be looked up to.

So when the disciples asked Jesus who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, just what kind of answer were they actually expecting?

Certainly they were expecting some kind of hero or a man of power and might.

Jesus answered them by setting a child in front of them as a symbol of greatness.

True power in the human realm is not in aggression or physical might or even intellectual superiority.

True human power and greatness is in being simple and straight-forward, in being loving and compassionate, gentle and kind, honest and just.

These qualities express true power and greatness.

May the Eucharist change our hearts to be like that of the heart of a child.


The prophet Ezekiel was one of the 3000 upper class Jews who were exiled in Babylon in the year 597BC.

It was while he was in Babylon that he started to have visions and gave prophetic insights.

One of which was about the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 586BC.

Of course, at that time, the people were just too obstinate to accept Ezekiel's prophesies, especially those who were exiled in Babylon.

Because the Temple was still standing then, they thought that God will bring them back. They would never had expected to die in a foreign land.

Yet, as we heard in the 1st reading, what Ezekiel saw written on the scroll was clearly an indication of what was to come - "lamentations, wailings, moanings".

If only they had not been so stubborn and obstinate, they might have been spared; if only they had hearts like little children, they might have listened.

Indeed, children are sensitive enough to sense the seriousness of a warning and they will follow as they were told.

Yes, we need to have the simplicity and also the sensitivity of children in order to hear and understand and act on the promptings of the Lord.

As Psalm 8:2 would put it - From the mouths of children and of babes, You have found praise to foil the enemy and the foe. (SY)