17 August 2019. Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. Nikko Bryan Anore)
According to numerous psychologists, one necessary factor for a person to develop a stable personality is trust. When children experienced an absence of person to trust or they always feel that they are not being trusted in the early stage of their development, it might be hard for them to cultivate a strong character that is necessary in facing their future.
In my own childhood experience, trusting led me to know how much God loves His own children. My childhood made me realize that there is a Father that is always ready to accompany us when we feel alone, always ready to listen to our deepest heartaches; always there to say “My son, do not worry, I am here. You can overcome it, I trust in you”.
In the Gospel for today, Jesus loves those who are child-like and not the childish. Those who are child-like trust the wisdom of God. The childish, however, always argue and complain on almost all the area in life. Jesus invites us to trust His Father’s will like how a child trust his father. He reminds us that we have a Father that will never leave us and will always accompany us for the rest of our lives.
The Gospel Today
Matthew 19: 13 – 15
Children were brought to Jesus
that he might lay his hands on them and pray.
The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said,
“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them;
for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
After he placed his hands on them, he went away.