Daily Bread..

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel – MK 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 the children and blessed them,
placing his hands on them.

‘Receive the kingdom of God as a little child.’

Watching young children explore their world can be a marvellous sight. Through the eyes of children, the adult once again finds the wonders of creation brought into stark relief. At play with a child, self-consciousness, ambition and the cares of the world can and must be left at the door. The adult is greeted with the purist form of openness and trust. These are just some of the qualities that God asks of us in growing in our relationship with him. They are the very stuff of which conversion of heart is made of. The foundress of the Focalare movement, Chiara Lubich recognised this and offered this advice, ‘the child is open to any adventure. So it should be with you. Don’t put any obstacles in the way of your progressive union with Christ, a progress which should continue throughout your whole life.’


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