I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Reflection for Saturday August 13, Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 19:13-15

Gospel: Matthew 19:13-15
Children were brought to Jesus that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” After he placed his hands on them, he went away.
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What can you remember from your childhood?

Many of our present values and habits were given to us when we were children. For example the habit of going to church for Holy Mass.  If our parents brought us up by bringing us to church for Mass, we surely would grow with this saintly habit until we grow old and die.

Another example is if our parents taught us good manners and values. We would also imbibe these manners and values. This is always the situation: We will grow with the values and habits that were taught to us when we were children.

What if we were not given the proper values by our parents? We may grow up without manners and conduct. We may have friends who are bad influence to us, friends who will introduce us to indulge in vices and other things that are not good. 

Jesus said in the gospel, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them.” Why were the disciples preventing the children from going to Jesus? Perhaps they wanted Jesus to rest because He was tired.

What is the message of Jesus for us? Jesus wants us also to introduce our children to HIM by teaching them about HIS life and teachings written in the scriptures. Jesus wants us also to bring along our children to the celebration of the Holy Mass.

If we introduce our children to Jesus by way of educating them about His life in the bible. If we bring our children to Holy Mass we can sit back and relax for we are already assured of a secure future for our children.

Have you consciously introduced your children to Jesus?- Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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