As you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments to set aside distractions. Take three deep breaths and rest in the loving presence of Jesus, who is with you as you continue to share in his mission.
"Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me."
Our society's emphasis on independence, strength, and power runs counter to what Jesus shares with his disciples in this passage from Matthew. Jesus turns the idea of greatness upside down and tells his disciples that childlike dependence on God is the path to salvation. Jesus' Beatitudes provide us with direction as we seek to grow in virtue and share more fully in God's life.
How do I welcome those whom God has placed in my care?
What can their trust and dependence teach me?
(Speak to Jesus, using this prayer or one of your own.)
Loving Jesus, help me to depend on you more each day. Thank you for the blessing of sharing with others the faith you give me.