Posted by: frburke23 | August 15, 2014

Thought for Saturday, 19th Week in Ordinary Time

MatThew 19:13-15

Children were brought to Jesus
that he might lay his hands on them and pray.
The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said,
“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them;
for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
After he placed his hands on them, he went away.


This is a very simple Gospel passage that we have today, but it reminds us of our priorities.  As I was praying with this, I was imagining how busy Jesus was.  Everyone wanted a piece of Him.  They wanted to hear his preaching, receive His blessing and be healed by His hands.  It must have been chaotic.  And the disciples, with good intention, were trying to protect His time.  So they tried to keep the children from Jesus, possibly thinking that He had more important things to do.

And yet, Jesus teaches them that no one is more important than the person right in front of Him, especially the children.  Several times Jesus told them that they must become like little children to enter the Kingdom.  We are to follow their innocence, purity, wonder, faithfulness and joy.

How busy are you?

Do you take time to focus on the people in your life, especially the children?

Or do you get so focused on the task at hand and miss the wonderful relationships God has placed in your path?

Take time today to smell the flowers, bless the children and enjoy this wonderful life.

God bless,

Fr. Burke 

Here is the Spanish translation:

MATEO 19:13-15

Niños fueron traídos a Jesús 
para que pusiera sus manos sobre ellos y orara. 
Los discípulos los reprendieron, pero Jesús dijo: 
“Dejen que los niños vengan a mí, y no se lo impidan; 
porque el Reino de los cielos es de quienes son como ellos”. 
Después de que él puso sus manos sobre ellos, se fue.


Este es un pasaje muy simple del Evangelio que tenemos hoy día, pero nos recuerda de nuestras prioridades. Mientras oraba con esto, me estaba imaginando lo ocupado que estaba Jesús. Todos querían un pedazo de él. Querían escuchar Su predicación, recibir Su bendición y ser sanados por Sus manos. Debió haber sido caótico. Y los discípulos, con buena intención, estaban tratando de proteger Su tiempo. Así que trataron de mantener a los niños de Jesús, posiblemente pensando que Él tenía cosas más importantes que hacer.

Y sin embargo, Jesús les enseña que nadie es más importante que la persona justo en frente de Él, especialmente los niños. Varias veces Jesús les dijo que debían ser como niños pequeños para entrar en el Reino. Debemos seguir su inocencia, pureza, maravilla, fidelidad y alegría.

¿Qué tan ocupado estas
¿Tomas tiempo para enfocarte en las personas que están en tu vida, especialmente los niños? 
¿O te enfocas tanto en la tarea a mano y te pierdes las relaciones maravillosas que Dios ha puesto en tu camino?

Toma tiempo hoy para oler las flores, bendecir a los niños y disfrutar de esta vida maravillosa.

Dios los bendiga,

  1. Burke


  1. Thanks Fr. Burke….Beautiful Pondering

    My imagination wonders…and I ponder if Jesus wonders too….Not too many children being brought to him today.

    As I Pondered with the first 2 lines….It took me back to myself, last Thursday. (Aug 14, 2014) and a few other past Thursdays. It is adoration day at our Church. My sons are not young children any more….they have turned into young men Dillon is 21 and Brady 18. With the ages they are at….there wings want to soar high. I am about to let them both take off soon. Dillon our oldest will be getting married Sept. 6, 2014. In just 3 more weeks….and Brady will be leaving to go off to college….His First Day will be Aug. 22, 2014.….where am I going with this?

    For me today this reading brought me some peace….I totally believe in the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus is present. With there ages today you do not see children that age there….Brady likes to go up to the High School to lift weights….So he dropped me off for Mass and adoration afterwards….and went to lift weights. I am Blessed…. he does buck it a tad (going to adoration)….but after lifting his weights he did come into Church and sit before the Blessed Sacrament….“Children were brought to Jesus that he might lay his hands on them and pray.” Thank You Lord….Please Guide their futures. May they always feel your hands upon them.

    Thanks Fr. Burke…for posting this today. I believe I was guided here today for a reason. Normally on Saturday’s I don’t. Wow just amazing!

    Been Blessed,

  2. For some reason I stopped getting your messages. Anny suggestions on getting them started again?

    Thanks Tom B

    • Tom, for some reason many people were kicked off the blog. I don’t know why. But you have to sign up again. Go to the front page of the blog and his “sign me up” and then follow the directions. Sorry about that.

      fr. burke

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