February 25, 2017 – Saturday in the 7th Week of the Church Year

Saint for the day: Blessed Sebastian Aparicio (January 20, 1502 – February 25, 1600)

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

Sirach 17:1-15    –    Psalm 103    –    Mark 10:13-16

In today’s Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, Jesus says to his disciples,“Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Mark 10:14)

 Back in the late ‘60’s the Dominicans ran a summer camp for boys in southern California and I was involved in that summer-time ministry for a number of years. Somewhere along the way I got introduced to simple magic and slight of hand and used that skill to entertain the boys. I quickly found out that it was much easier to fool adults than youngsters. When I would hold up a large coin in my right hand and instruct the boys to watch very closely and keep their eyes on this coin, some would shout out, “what’s that in your other hand going behind your back?”

I think it was Jose Silva, a doctor and psychologist who made the claim that children often are able to see angels and imaginary beings in their younger years and only loose that quality as they are drawn into matter-of-fact world of adults.

Maybe this is why Jesus made the statement in today’s Holy Gospel that we all need to re-claim that quality of wonder that was planted in us from our beginnings. This is not a suggestion to become “childish” but, rather, to hold on to that “God-likeness” that we are created with.

Growing up as a small child in Catholic grammar school we were always reminded to leave some space on our little desk bench for our Guardian Angel.

All of us need to re-gain some of the wonder of God that is part of that familiar saying that we are “made in the image and likeness of God.” Stop for a moment and see if you can remember that Guardian Angel Prayer? Don’t cheat! Close your eyes and see if that prayer is still there – somewhere in the depths of your memory. If you can’t remember it, I’ll put it in the reflection tomorrow. Amen!

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