Saturday, February 25, 2017

Reflection: Mark 10:13-16

Saturday of the 7th Week in Ordinary Time - Mark 10:13-16
Today many people brought 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 Him.  However, Jesus was delighted that the people and the children were coming to Him.  He loved being with “His” people.
When Jesus realized what the disciples were doing, he strongly rebuked them.  He said to them: “Let the children come to me. . . for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Jesus then added: “Whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a little child will not enter the Kingdom.”  Jesus then embraced the children, placed His hands on them and blessed them.
Children can be great role models those of us who are 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 on occasion.
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.  Today enjoy the children in your life or the children you encounter at the grocery store, at church or the children in your neighborhood.  And 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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