“A Prayer to Jesus, 8-5-20,” by Andrew J. Schatkin
Dear Jesus: You tell us to be like a child in Matthew chapter 18 vv. 1-6, if we are to enter the kingdom of heaven The world tells us quite differently and tell us to be smart, wealthy, well-educated, well-dressed, and altogether to be superior of our neighbors. How are we to understand being told to be not a powerful adult but to be like an innocent child? Perhaps you are telling us to be humble since you in the most significant act of humility took on human from the eternity of heaven and suffered in what is the greatest act of humility, the pain and death of the cross, to save all humanity. You tell us despite the misleading messages and lies of the world to be humble as you were while here and in offering your forgiveness to all continue to be so.
Dear Jesus, enable us and teach to be humble not seeking power but giving and offering love to our neighbors and to all we may encounter. Jesus, transform us to your image of humility and your example. Teach us to end our egotism and arrogance so that we may as you command become like the innocent little children and follow in their humility.