15th Week in Ord. Time, Monday – 13th July 2020 — Gospel: Mt 10,34-11,1
Render trivial service
The “little ones” often refers to children, but Matthew refers to Jesus’ disciples, especially those who are young in faith or particularly vulnerable (18,6.10). The statement about giving “a cup of cold water” points ahead to the parable of the sheep and the goats (Mt 25,31-46). Offering cold water is a gift that even the poorest person could give. It is the most trivial of service that is taken into account by God. One can recall the request of the Rich man to Abraham to send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool his tongue (Lk 16,24). Little drop of water could alleviate burning flames; it is a far greater gift than it seems. It doesn’t matter who receives care. What matters is the care that is offered. It could be seen as offering hospitality for the Lord’s servants. Letter to the Hebrews talk about this hospitality when he says that they should do so because they might be showing hospitality to angels: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Heb 13,2). By showing hospitality, the Lord certainly repays the person in great measure for his service. Once again, the disciples are equated with Jesus; their experiences carry the same value as that of Jesus.