On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 9, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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We declare that we are children of God our Father so loved by Him and yet how many of us with childlike innocence calls Him Dad? Daddy? Papa? Pa?

Daddy I love you, be with me throughout the day, I love to be in Your presence as I listen to your Word, it fills me with joy and is sweet to taste! Dad as worried I am about the day ahead, I take comfort that you will be see me through it and will provide that all I need. For nothing or no one can separate me from your love through Christ Jesus your Son. I desire nothing more than to draw closer to you this and every day; and to share Your love with all that I meet.  Amen

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) Pray for us… 

First reading

Ezekiel 2:8-3:4 ·

He gave me the scroll to eat and it was as sweet as honey

I, Ezekiel, heard a voice speaking. It said, ‘You, son of man, listen to the words I say; do not be a rebel like that rebellious set. Open your mouth and eat what I am about to give you.’ I looked. A hand was there, stretching out to me and holding a scroll. He unrolled it in front of me; it was written on back and front; on it was written ‘lamentations, wailings, moanings.’ He said, ‘Son of man, eat what is given to you; eat this scroll, then go and speak to the House of Israel.’ I opened my mouth; he gave me the scroll to eat and said, ‘Son of man, feed and be satisfied by the scroll I am giving you.’ I ate it, and it tasted sweet as honey.

    Then he said, ‘Son of man, go to the House of Israel and tell them what I have said.’

Gospel

Matthew 18:1-5,10,12-14

Anyone who welcomes a little child in my name welcomes me

The disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ So he called a little child to him and set the child in front of them. Then he said, ‘I tell you solemnly, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

    ‘Anyone who welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.

    ‘See that you never despise any of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in heaven are continually in the presence of my Father in heaven.

    ‘Tell me. Suppose a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays; will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go in search of the stray? I tell you solemnly, if he finds it, it gives him more joy than do the ninety-nine that did not stray at all. Similarly, it is never the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.’

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