Saturday 13 August 2022

About Today Readings

Ss Pontian and Hippolytus

Ezekiel 18:1-10, 13, 30-32. Create a clean heart in me, O God – Psalm 50(51):12-15, 18-19. Matthew 19:13-15.

Do not stop the little children coming to me

Saint Hippolytus, third-century martyr and author of The Apostolic Tradition, the Church’s most ancient collection of prayers, some of which still appear in the liturgy of the Eucharist to this day. ‘Lift up your hearts!’ wrote St Hippolytus of Rome, and we respond, ‘We lift them up to the Lord.’ He is the patron saint of prison guards and horses, and is traditionally paired with St Pontian, also a martyred Bishop.

In the Gospel of today, the Apostles are such busybodies, bustling round the children, ordering them away from you, Lord. But you love their contagious joy, their innocent wonder, their delight in the day, and their play. They lift their hearts, and their laughter blesses you. ‘Let them come to me’, you smile, and bless them as they cluster around. Oh Master, please count me too in your heavenly kingdom with these little ones.

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