October 3, 2021
Amen, I say to you,
whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child
will not enter it."
Do you accept God's work in your life as a little child?
I am sure we do when we agree with what God has allowed in our individual lives, but what about those times when things don't go as we wish?
This Sunday's readings can give us some insights, because we do live in a world that has taught us to accept its ways and reject God's intentions. So get ready to struggle a little.
The Word is about man and woman, children, marriage, divorce.
Perhaps some will struggle with this Word and that can be a time to pray for the grace of conversion.
The words we hear in the first reading were for the ancient people who often had many wives and also believed in divorce. They were for a people who struggled with what God intended for man and women.
But the words are also for each of us today, and this is where the struggle can be, because we like what the world says about man and woman, marriage, and divorce, and we reject what God has intended in marriage
In the Gospel reading from Mark,
He then goes on to talk about accepting like a little child
in order to enter the kingdom of God.
We, modern man, think that we should always be able to use our intellect to figure out God's intention.
Unfortunately that is not always true for us.
Sometime we have to struggle and that is something most of us will resist.
Saint Paul in this letter to the Hebrews speaks about Jesus, being God, comes down to earth and humbly takes on our nature as humans, which includes suffering, doubts, fears, etc.
What Jesus was freely willing to do can give each of us courage when we find ourselves struggling.
Let us pray for the courage to become like little children and to be open to whatever happens to us each new day tin the week ahead.