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Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (19th August, 2017) on the Gospel
(B.V.M on Saturday, Saint John Eudes, P., Opt. Mems)

 
Josh 24:14-29;
Ps 15:1-2.5.7-8.11. (R. cf. v.5);
Matt 19:13-15.

Today’s gospel has parallels in other synoptic gospels, cf. Mk 10:13-16; Lk 18:15-17. We read Mk 10:13-16 on Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time (I) (25th February, 2017). Click on this link for our reflection on that: http://www.thepulpitonline.com/2017/02/terrible-yet-persistent-mistake.html
Topic: Carry them along.
In today’s gospel, some people brought little children to Jesus for Him to lay His hands on them and pray for them but His disciples spoke sternly to them. But Jesus reacted, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”
Like the disciples, many categorise children among those who constitute nuisance especially in the church and other places of worship. Hence, while going to such places, they are either left at home, outside, or with the maids wherever.
Saint Paul writes, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways” (1Cor 13:11). Children behave as who they are. They need capable and loving hands of the parents to mould them. But often they are left at the mercy of the most unqualified hands, call them maids or whatever. Maids are not totally wrong but should be minimally employed. Whoever does not have time to train his/her children today must be ready for their disgrace tomorrow, cf. Prov 29:15. Childish ways will give way to ‘matured ways’ if only a child is properly trained, cf. (Prov 22:6).
No other person can replace the position of parents in the upbringing of children. Let us stop shying away from this responsibility. They are both precious and precarious.
Bible Reading: Prov 3:1-12.
Thought for today: Stand at your duty post
Let us pray: May God help us in this serious task – Amen.
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