Posted by: livingscripture | September 23, 2012

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Taking a child, he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, ‘Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me’…”

                                                      (Mark 9: 36-37)


How should we live this Word

According to Mark’s account, Jesus proceeds toward Jerusalem, toward the fulfillment of His mission, toward the unveiling of the mystery that He proclaims.  For the second time, He speaks of His passion, death, and resurrection.  He speaks to those who follow Him.  However, they do not understand and even lose themselves in futile discussions about who is the greatest as they walk along.

Thus, once again and outside of the plans proper to a teacher, Jesus initiates a simple lesson that is understandable and authoritative.  They sit.  He takes a child and places it in the middle.  He embraces the child.  It is this warm embrace that transmits to the disciples of every epoch, the invitation to the unconditional welcome of every person  who in the image of the child, acquires the face of the needy, the weak, the fragile, of every person who is ready to accept the message of Jesus and abandon self in serene communion with Him.  In fact, the one who receives a child receives Jesus and the One who has sent Him.  The Word of Wisdom is received that can germinate and generate actions inspired by meekness and wisdom.  (Cf James 3: 13, 17-18)

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will verify my childlikeness that so pleases Jesus.  Am I ready to accept everyone as Jesus asks me to do?

Lord, You are the one who sustains my life.  Receive me among Your disciples and teach me wisdom that comes from on high, that is pure, peaceful, meek, compliant, full of mercy and good works, impartial and sincere. 

The voice of Little Theresa of the Child Jesus, Carmelite Saint 

I am only a little child, incapable, weak, and yet my very weakness gives me the daring to offer myself to Your love, Jesus!

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