The Gospel Today
Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
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.
Reflection (Sem. Francis James Mendiola):
Children are wonderful beings. They talk about the things they want to talk about. They play when they get bored. They eat when they want to and they are particular of the things they want. When you encounter a child he or she will like you for who you are. There are no pretentions, cordialities and all the complicated rules we have set on ourselves as adults.
Another great thing about children is that they enjoy the “useless things”. When I say “useless” it is an activity which only serves one purpose, it does not serve to further anything else. They stay in that given activity and enjoy the moment.
I think that they are wonderful and great because as adults we always want to be like them. What I mean is that when we grow old the things we cherish the most is the “useless” things, the things that that serves an end to itself for example, talking with a friend, having a walk, drinking coffee, watching a movie and having vacations.
Friends I think today today’s Gospel is teaching us two things. One, to be more honest with others and with ourselves. Two, to enjoy the simple things, we commonly refer to as useless as it serves as the building blocks of our relationship, with others. May God always give you the courage to be honest and the resolve to enjoy life.