Posted by: frburke23 | August 12, 2016

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.
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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.
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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,
Fr. Burke


Responses

  1. In case you are looking for ideas for tomorrow’s reflection..

    Love you!

    On Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 6:07 PM, Fr. Burke Masters wrote:

    > frburke23 posted: “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 ” >


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