The Gospel Today
Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
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 the children and blessed them,
placing his hands on them.
Whenever I see children during our Sunday Mass at our parish, it brings me joy regardless if they are noisy. Why? Because it reminds me of my childhood and I see in them my secret hopes – that one of them will be our next church leader.
In today’s Gospel, the parents brought their children to Jesus who wanted Him to lay his hands upon them. They knew of the healing power of Jesus, which came from His touch. Jesus, in turn, rebuked His disciples for hindering the children from coming to Him because the disciples wanted to shield Jesus from the noisy children. But Jesus was delighted with the children and allowed the children to come to Him.
This is my mission as a seminarian and disciple of Christ – to invite everybody to come to Jesus and to let them grow in their knowledge and wisdom from Him. I want to share Christ in the lives of others the way I encountered Him in my life. He loves adults and children alike. He comes to each person that He may touch them with His healing love and power.
As a priest-in-process and as I mature, I pray that I may be a channel of God’s grace to bring out the goodness of others and to never lose that childlike simplicity and humility, which draws me into the loving presence of God.