Daily Reflection
of Creighton University's Online Ministries
August 14th, 2012

Elizabeth Furlong

Center for Health Policy & Ethics
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Memorial of St. Maximillian Kolbe
[414] Ezekiel 2:8-3:4
Psalm 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131
Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14


The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.”

Who are the disciples of today in 2012 in every part of the world?
Government leaders, religious leaders, worksite leaders, family members, and me?
Are we all still wanting to be the greatest, to have the power, to be the elite, to be the dominant?

Whoever becomes humble like this child

Who is ‘this child?’ Those young in age, those who have known suffering, the marginalized?
Who teaches and mentors humility to you in your space and time in this great global universe?

And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

A  Lincoln, Nebraska gay woman was brutally assaulted in her home as a result of a hate crime.
Two thousand people in Omaha, Nebraska gathered in an evening vigil to “receive” her and to stand with her with their presence, voices, prayers, and energy this week. Her and others’ suffering would not go unnoticed. City and state cultural factors which furthered a hate culture would be discussed in dyads and triads of individuals.

What practices of “receiving the humble” have you experienced or witnessed this week in your corner of the world?

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