Turning to Holy Joy

Memorial of Saint Clare, Virgin, based on Matthew 18: 1-5, 10, 12-14

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.

  “Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven. What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.

Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Katy Beedle Rice

Katy Beedle Rice is a catechist and writer who lives with her husband and three children in Boise, ID. She is a formation leader for the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, training catechists who work with children ages three through six. She writes for Celebration Publications, a division of the National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company, and blogs about ministry and motherhood at http://blessedbrokenshared.blogspot.com/.