Monday 1 October 2018

About Today Readings

St Thérèse of the Child Jesus

Job 1:6-22. Psalm 16(17):1-3, 6-7. Luke 9:46-50.

Lord, bend your ear and hear my prayer – Psalm 16(17):1-3, 6-7. 

‘As a mother comforts a child, so I will comfort you.’

Today’s Gospel challenges us to reject self-centred ambition. Jesus asks the disciples to welcome the child. This requires us, as with the disciples, to be generous towards the child. This parable sees the disciples having to understand servant leadership, that is caring and guiding others without a focus on power and personal gain but with humility and charity.

The child represents all who are weak and vulnerable and powerless. Those who have looked after young children and babies know how much help they need but, in turn, how much of God’s love they contain in this innocence. Caring for others brings us closer to God.

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