Scripture: 1st Reading: James5,13-20; Resp. Psalm: Ps141,1-3,8; Gosp. Accl.: Mt11,25; Gospel: Mk10,13-16
Children are innocent. Children are inquisitive. They display simplicity in everything. They are pure. They love the truth and demonstrate it in their lives. They are trustworthy and trusting. They give love without reserve. They obey without complaining. They give without reserve.
Children are not calculative or manipulative. They are caring towards all. They are not discriminatory. They are open. To be referred to as childlike is therefore one of the greatest compliments anyone could ever be paid. In terms of those destined for the kingdom and who are desirous of entering it, such compliment reveals one as a person right on track for the kingdom promised by our Lord.
In today's gospel, our Lord stated this clearly and unequivocally: greatness is found in humility; holiness is found in considering ourselves nothing before God. Our Lord told His disciples that they should not hinder those to whom the world gave no consideration from coming to Him.
He told them that road to heaven lies in the simplicity of a child. That is why he said that "whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." This is why the prayer of children are answered because they have no distraction: they are focused on their goal, once they see something as a goal.
Prayer is one of the ways to demonstrate our child-like dependence on God. In it and through it, we experience the power of God who as our heavenly Father, wishes to take care of us. Our First Reading today teaches us on the power inherent in prayer: healing of the sick, confirming the faith, bringing back the stray, forgiveness of sins. Let us put our trust in God through our prayer. May St. Philip Neri intercede for us.
Let us pray: "O God, who never cease to bestow the glory of holiness on the faithful servants you raise up for yourself, graciously grant, that the Holy Spirit may kindle in us that fire with which he wonderfully filled the heart of Saint Philip Neri." Amen
Kindly pray for the happy repose of my father, Pa Joseph Igbekele, who died 18.05.18 and for the souls of all the faithful departed. May God grant them a merciful judgement and grant them a place in the company of His Saints.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.