Who Is the Greatest?
Jesus’ teachings are a paradox to our worldly thinking.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a radical invitation to get beyond our own self-centered worldview and do our part to protect and liberate the most vulnerable children of God. In doing this it is also important to remember that some of God’s most vulnerable children are adults. Jesus teaches us, “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40). Lines like these are haunting if you really reflect on them.
The Gospels turn our social structure upside down by announcing that we are all children of God, and therefore, we are all sons and daughters of a great king. God wants us to embrace our identity as his sons and daughters, and then recognize that same identity in every person we encounter. It is a difficult lesson.
The Gospels inform us of our serious and inescapable obligation to the poor. It is impossible to separate the spiritual teachings of Jesus Christ from his social teachings, just as it is impossible to separate our love of God from our love of neighbor. The dual command to love God and love neighbor are inseparable. It is easy to say, “I love God.” It is easy to say, “I am a Christian.” But Jesus challenges us to prove it. Our love of neighbor is the proof that we love God.
Excerpt taken from Chapter 13 of Matthew Kelly’s new bestseller Rediscover Jesus. Get your free copy here (just pay shipping).
Do your values align with Jesus’ values?
We invite you to go out of your way to serve a child of God today. That could mean telling someone how much they are loved, listening to someone share their struggles, donating to your parish’s food pantry, or even volunteering at a local charity.
Jesus, set the child within me free so I can be more childlike with every passing day, and open the eyes of my soul that I may see your children all around me.