Nicholas Papas: Christ Blesses the Children
Readings for Mass
First Reading: James 4:1-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 55:7-8, 9-10, 10-11, 23
Gospel: Mark 9:30-37
“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me (NRSV, Mk 9:37).”
Let us pray.
Father, you are present everywhere in the world but especially with us, your sons and daughters, everyone who is a human being. Not only are you present to us but, through the Word, now made flesh in the Lord Jesus Christ, you offer us your very life. All that we must do is say “yes” to your offer and accept the gift of your life into our own.
It is one life, through the Word, that we all share, one with the other, in the Holy Spirit. When we accept one another, we are, through the Word, accepting you, Father. May we share your life with one another and together may we grow in that life forever.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.