May 24, 2008
Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Mark 10: 13-16
People were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, in such a complex world it can be so hard to be childlike. However, with childlike simplicity I believe in your love for me and I trust in you completely. I only wish I could express my love for you better. Please help me to grow in simplicity and childlike innocence so that I might radiate your purity and goodness to all I meet.
Petition: Jesus, grant me the humility to depend on you more.
1. Let the Children Come to Me Christ is the good shepherd, and he knows his sheep. He has created me, and I am his. He knows me inside and out, and he wants me to trust in his divine providence. Only in this way can I come to him – as a little child searching for his father. Some see dependence as weakness, but like it or not, we are all dependent on God. We are dependent on the good weather he sends, the food he puts on the table, the job he helps us keep, the family he helps us raise. The only difference is some thank him for his goodness, while others are too proud to acknowledge his greatness or mere existence.
2. Stumbling Block Everyone deserves to know God’s love. We cannot take the light of faith we have been given and hide it under a basket. Nor should we ever be a source of scandal to others, especially to little children. It is so important that I live a life that is in accord with the faith I profess, not only for my own salvation, but also as a good example for others.
3. The Kingdom Within Me The Lord wants me to come to him, too. Before him, I am always a child. It is necessary to recognize God as my Father and to remain simple and trusting. The Kingdom of God is not out of my reach. If I am baptized, I possess all the talents I need to live a faithful life. It comes down to my personal choice. Will I allow God’s grace to work in me by being humble and childlike?
Conversation with Christ: Lord, you are my Father. You love me with infinite love. It is not easy for me to lay down my pride and accept the path of humility. I can be stubborn and want to do things my way, but I know this will not make me happy. Please help me to lay my life before you lovingly and trustingly and to let you make the decisions, because you know what is best for me.
Resolution: Today I will offer a decade of the rosary for all those who work in youth ministry.
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