Friday, May 24, 2013
SATURDAY 7TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
MEMORIAL, SAINT BEDE THE VENERABLE, PRIEST AND DOCTOR; OR SAINT GREGORY VII, POPE OR SAINT MARY MAGDALENE DE PAZZI, VIRGIN
SATURDAY 7TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
Sir 17:1-15 / Ps 103: 13-14. 15-16. 17-18 / Mk 10:13-16
The Lord created man from the earth and let him return to earth. He settled a fixed time for them and a set number of days, giving them power over everything on earth. He endowed them with a strength like his own, making them in his own image. He put the fear of them in all living things, thus they had mastery over the animals and birds. He endowed them with knowledge; he gave them tongue and eyes, ears and a mind to think with. He filled them with wisdom and knowledge; he taught them good and evil. He put his own eye in their hearts so they would understand the greatness of his works. They will praise his holy Name and relate the magnificence of his creation. He gave them revealed knowledge as well and handed over to them the Law of life. He established an everlasting covenant with them and let them know his judgments. Human eyes saw the splendor of the Glory of God; their ears heard the grandeur of his voice. He said to them, "Keep yourselves from all wrong doing," and to each of them he gave commands regarding his neigh bor. Their conduct is always before the Lord; they cannot escape his sight.
People were bringing their little children to him to have him touch them, and the disciples rebuked them for this. When Jesus noticed it, he was very angry and said, "Let the children come to me and don't stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." Then he took the children in his arms and, laying his hands on them, blessed them.
In our gospel today, we see how much the children want to go to Jesus and rest in his loving arms. They see something in Jesus that draws them to him. The Lord is happy when children come to him. Jesus' love for them will not allow anything or anyone to block them as they go to him. Jesus has a special place for children in his heart.
We are all these children that Jesus loves and welcomes all the time. Do you believe this? Sinners that we are, we are called by the Lord to be transformed into his beloved children. All we have to do is to empty ourselves and, like innocent and trustful children, start to receive and accept the Father's will and decide to live it each day. Children who have full trust in the Lord know that all shall be well if they start to follow Jesus. When faced with difficulty, they turn to Jesus believing that God will always put things in place for the good. Are we these children that God envisioned us to be?
Remember as God's children, we shall experience His loving touch that could give us peace and joy beyond our understanding. He will walk with us through the trying times of our lives and be with us through it all. He shall not abandon us. We may make mistakes and falter, but still He would be there to bring us back to Him. He would continue to lead us every step of the way throughout our lives. He would see to it that we do not get lost amidst the offers of this world.
The world may have many things to entice us with but none of them could ever give the true happiness we all long for. What a privilege to be God's children! An incomparable joy it is to know He is always there waiting for us with His arms outstretched to embrace us.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Margie Guingon
- Carmina Estrada
… for the personal intentions of
- Luis Gonzalez
- Rosario Gonzalez and Frances Marie Gonzalez
… In Memoriam: Bernardo Santiago Jr.
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Alejandro Lecaros. Eternal rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Suzanne Go Kaw
- Birthday: Joan Paulette Mary Libo-on
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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