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.
Thank you for your prayers. The funeral Mass went very well. In fact, I used part of this reading to describe my Aunt Judi. “Whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Aunt Judi had many characteristics there were childlike – simplicity, honesty, innocence, faith, joy and trust. She told me once, “Burke, I don’t know much theology, but I just believe in Jesus.” Her simple faith inspired me and is one of the reasons I became Catholic and am now a priest.
On Saturday, Bishop Conlon will be ordaining five men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Joliet. Please pray for Shaun, Chris, Juan Jose, Michael and Keith that they be good and holy priests all the days that God gives them. May they lead many souls to Christ through their priestly ministry. It is such a privilege to walk with these men from the time they feel called to the day of their ordination.
How are you living like a child?
Have a blessed weekend.