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He Embraced Them and Blessed Them

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Mk 10:14)

Christ with children by Carl Heinrich Bloch
Christ with children by Carl Heinrich Bloch

Today Jesus stresses how children embody the reign of God. They are trusting and loving and have hearts that are open to love. They are joyful when they are made aware of God’s love for them, and are eager to return that love. This is the model Jesus holds out to us if we want to welcome the reign of God. We need to have open, loving hearts. We must drop our defenses, however we came by them, and welcome Christ’s love for us with joy. This is impossible for us on our own. Only the grace of God will enable us to do this, but that grace is freely and generously given. We have only to accept it.
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Readings for the Week

Monday: Gal 1:6-12; Ps 111:1b-2, 7-9, 10c; Lk 10:25-37
Tuesday: Gal 1:13-24; Ps 139:1b-3, 13-15; Lk 10:38-42
Wednesday: Gal 2:1-2, 7-14; Ps 117:1bc, 2; Lk 11:1-4
Thursday: Gal 3:1-5; Lk 1:69-75; Lk 11:5-13
Friday: Gal 3:7-14; Ps 111:1b-6; Lk 11:15-26
Saturday: Gal 3:22-29; Ps 105:2-7; Lk 11:27-28
Sunday: Wis 7:7-11; Ps 90:12-17; Heb 4:12-13,Mk 10:17-30 [17-27]

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time; Respect Life Sunday
Monday: Columbus Day; Canadian Thanksgiving Day
Tuesday: St. Denis and Companions; St. John Leonardi
Thursday: St. John XXIII
Saturday: Blessed Virgin Mary