Today’s readings 17th January 2021: 1 Samuel 3:3b-10,19 & 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20
Today’s reading reminds us of a couple of things, such as retaining child-like traits and abstaining from sin. Now, when I say child-like, it is different from being childish.
Richard Norquist, an english and rhetoric professor from Georgia defined these two as the following:
Childish commonly means silly or immature. This adjective usually (but not always) points to unfavorable qualities. Childlike means trusting or innocent, and it generally refers to the more positive or favorable qualities of a child.
Children are often filled with simplicity, humility, gratitude and spontaneity. These are the kind of traits that we should take with us, no matter how old we get. Although, for most of us we lose that and instead we’re filled with all these complications.
. . . but remember these types of videos and photos.
Yes, these are the type of childlike traits we should be taking with us as we grow older but instead
. . . we end up being filled with what Father Orbos termed as the COVID-19 culture. He explained this as the feelings of anger, selfishness, hopelessness and depression.
Okay, so I know that anger and depression have their extremes and sometimes our own mindfulness can’t help that because of chemical imbalance or the brain malfunctioning. However, these feelings of selfishness, hopelessness, anger and sadness can be remedied.
By holding onto your childlike traits. The innocence and joyfulness. The sense of wonder and exploration. We should always remember to carry those with us. At the same time, taking responsibility for our actions towards ourselves and other people.
Maturity doesn’t always mean being straight-faced, filled with problems and worries. No. Maturity is finding the balance between imagination and practicality. Adventure and reality. So, we should own up to our mistakes and follow the lessons that our parents have shared with us.
Stay good even if the world has taken away your innocence. Because there is always something good in everything and everyone. Sometimes you just have to search a little deeper to see it.AJ x
Also, remember that there is someone bigger than all of us who is looking out for us even when things don’t make any sense. We just have to believe like a child because sometimes ‘children are more mature than most adults’.
REFERENCES: Norquist - https://www.thoughtco.com/childish-and-childlike-1689341#:~:text=Definitions,favorable%20qualities%20of%20a%20child. Holy Mass with Farther Orbos - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AI_bfUd3PU Homily - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6gPVBzEBHQ Slideshow photos: Nobody is born a racist photo - https://twitter.com/MuslimSpeakerz/status/478892605720522752?s=20 Photo of 7-year old with his recycling business - https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/90784/meet-7-year-old-boy-who-runs-his-own-recycling-business Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash Photo by Conner Baker on Unsplash Photo by Ismail Salad Hajji dirir on Unsplash