Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
James 5:13-20, Psalm 141:1-2, 3-8, & Mark 10:13-16
Friends, today's Gospel is one of my very favorites. The reason is quite simple—It is the passage I usually select when I baptize a child. It shows all of us how delighted Jesus was that the children were coming to Him. Picture our Lord sitting under a shade tree, resting, as He reaches out to the little ones with arms open wide. He tells His disciples, "Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these." This scene gets to me every time I proclaim His words.
Children are great role models for adults because they typically are just who they are and have not yet learned to hide their thoughts or emotions. They express their feelings and views in a variety of ways. Even though we may be adults, we can also act childishly on occasion. One of the gifts of children is that they live in the moment. They enjoy life and have a great capacity for joy, laughter, and simple gifts.
May we enjoy the children in our lives and those we encounter in our travels. Give thanks to God for your inner child. Most importantly, run toward Jesus, whose arms are outstretched for you—because He loves you.
Question of the Day: Are you leading the children in your life to Jesus and the Kingdom of God?
Prayer: Lord, let me be as a child, full of joy and laughter as my faith leads me to you. Amen.