Oct. 2: Memorial of the Guardian Angels

Alexander Master, Christ Sets a Child Among the Disciples, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, c. 1430

Readings for Mass
First Reading: Exodus 23:20-23
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 91:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 10-11
Gospel: Matthew 18:1-5, 10

Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven (NRSV, Matthew 18:3).'

Let us pray.

Father, the child is totally dependant for everything upon others. The child can make no claim of its own. We too must learn that everything we have and are, Father, comes from you. We too can make no claim of our own. May we come to realize that all is gift from you, gift to be received and rejoiced in but over which we can make no claim. May we thus become like little children, yes, but little children, because of the gift of divine life, capable of doing everything that needs be done, even passing victoriously through death itself.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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