Posted by: livingscripture | February 26, 2011

Seventh Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

   Mark 10: 14                                                                    

How should we live this Word 

The disciples scolded the people who were bringing children to Jesus.  He, instead, reacts in favor of the little ones.  Jesus does not consider them only as an appendage of their father, deprived of all rights.  Rather, He sees in them the rapport they have with His Father.  They are capable of knowing Him and loving Him.  They are attracted to the person of Jesus Himself and they want to be near Him.  They too have the right to enter into the Kingdom.  Then Jesus presents the child as the model for all the adults present, saying that only those who are like them belong to God’s Kingdom.  Therefore, a child can teach us some indispensable attitudes for living in God; total dependence, true poverty, and full trust.  The Kingdom is God’s gift, offered to every person.  We can receive the Kingdom only when we are poor and trustfully abandoned to God. 

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will compare myself with the image of a child.  Perhaps, what stops me from being close to Jesus and His Kingdom is my tendency for self-affirmation and my desire to accumulate many possessions.  I need more trust in God who is Jesus’ Father and mine as well. 

Lord Jesus, give me a heart that is simple and humble and totally dependent on You, my Creator.  Help me to understand more and more the tremendous love that God has shown in His creation, redemption, and sanctification which continues to tend to my happiness with Him forever.

The voice of St. Francis of Sales, Bishop and Spiritual Guide

The Lord is looking at you with love.  His glance of love is even tenderer for those who are weaker.

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