Saturday, May 21, 2016

Reflection: Mark 10:13-16

Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time - Mark 10:13-16

Today many people were bringing their children to Jesus so that He might touch them.  However, the disciples were being protective of Jesus and they rebuked the people who approached Jesus.  Jesus was delighted that the people were coming to Him.  He loved being with the people.
When Jesus realized what the disciples were doing, he rebuked them.  He said to them: “Let the children come to me. . . for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” He then added: “Whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a little child will not enter the Kingdom.”  Jesus then embraced the children and placed His hands on them and blessed them.”
Children can act as role models for us adults.  Children typically are just who they are.  They have not yet learned to hide their thoughts or their emotions.  They express their feelings and thoughts in a variety of ways – some of them appropriately and some inappropriately.  I suspect that even though we may be adults, we also act childishly at times.
One of the gifts of children is that they live in the moment.  They enjoy life and they have a great capacity for joy, laughter, and the simple gifts of life.  Children are pure gift.  Today enjoy the children in your life or the children you encounter at the grocery store, at church, or while you are working outside. 
Today, also give thanks to God for your inner child.  She/He is the person who enables us to be silly, solemn, helpful and playful.  Today enjoy and appreciate the simple gifts of life.  They are all around us.

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