Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Today's Mass Readings


These readings reminded me of when I was a child. I would always ask my parents for the most outlandish and expensive gifts for my birthday. Although I would not often get them, it exemplified a beautiful childlike innocence and reliance on those in charge of me.

As we see in today’s Gospel, Christ says, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” By this, he means to show us how we must adopt this childlike attitude in our relationship with our Heavenly Father. We must not be afraid to pray to Him for all our wants or needs. He desires to help us and ever waits for us to ask Him. In addition, He wants to build a relationship with us. Not only should we go to Him with our problems but also our moments of glory or joy, as is referenced in the first reading today: “Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing a song of praise.” Be childlike in your prayer, go to the Lord with all things, and never stop loving and relying on Him.

Reflection by Joseph, seminarian

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