Since April 2020, I have been jointly hosting a shared Lectio group on Tuesday evenings. The following are my reflections only, during the prayer session and as I wrote them up. Please see my separate commentary and leaflet for more information about shared Lectio, and here is the whole collection of reflections…
Gospel reading: Matthew 18.1–5,10,12–14
Words: called a child
Jesus called a child. Even children are called and all have a vocation in this sense. I imagine the child playing with friends under a tree, and on Jesus calling suddenly springing up and looking around with joy, then dropping everything to run over and stand in front of Jesus with eyes for no-one except him. Everything done in utter simplicity and trust. There is no ‘must just say goodbye’ or ‘when I’ve finished playing this game’. This is our calling, my calling, to become like this child in trust, simplicity and humility.