At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, whom he put among them,and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. 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.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
When you arrive at the Creighton University Retreat Center, one of the first things you see as you enter the grounds is an observatory. I think every spirituality center should have one of these, if for no other reason than the powerful symbolism it conveys. Despite our innate capacity for curiosity and wonder, seeing beyond our own personal horizons is a genuine challenge for many of us—especially when we do not take the time or find the tools to help us focus on the realities that transcend us.
As I grow older, I find that I have to make more of an effort to stoke the fires of curiosity and wonder. It’s not like it was when I was a child and mysteries to explore were in endless supply. The responsibilities of adulthood bring an aversion to risk and a “been there, done that” mentality that keep me away from any metaphorical late-night stargazing. This passage from Matthew’s gospel reminds me that the Kingdom of heaven is not open to those who will not stand before God like children, eager to explore and embrace the infinite mystery of His loving presence in our lives and throughout all of His creation. May God grant us the humility to realize that our relationships with Christ will always be one of endless discovery and that age and experience will never change that dimension of our existence.
—Mr. Jim Bopp is Creighton Prep’s Principal.
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide.
—Traditional Guardian Angel prayer
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