Saturday, March 1st. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Mark 10:13-16.
Saturday of the Seventh week in Ordinary Time
1 March 2014
“Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom
of God like a child will not enter it.”
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 10:13-16.
People were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them,
for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.”
Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.
Commentary of the day
Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus (1873-1897),
Carmelite, Doctor of the Church
Autobiographical Manuscript C, 2 v°-3 r° (trans. copyright Washington Province of Discalced Carmelites)
“Let the children come to me”
You know, Mother, I have always wanted to be a saint. Alas! I have always noticed that when I compared myself to the saints, there is between them and me the same difference that exists between a mountain whose summit is lost in the clouds and the obscure grain of sand trampled underfoot by passers-by. Instead of becoming discouraged, I said to myself: God cannot inspire unrealizable desires. I can, then, in spite of my littleness, aspire to holiness. It is impossible for me to grow up, and so I must bear with myself such as I am with all my imperfections. But I want to seek out a means of going to heaven by a little way, a way that is very straight, very short, and totally new.
We are living now in an age of inventions, and we no have to take the trouble of climbing stairs, for, in the homes of the rich, an elevator has replaced these very successfully. I I wanted to find an elevator which would raise me to Jesus, for I am too small to climb the rough stairway of perfection. I searched, then, in the Scriptures for some sign of this elevator, the object of my desires, and I read these words coming from the mouth of Eternal Wisdom: “Whoever is a little one, let him come to me” (Prv 9,4).
I felt I had found what I was looking for. But wanting to know, O my God, what you would do to the very little one who answered your call, I continued my search and this is what I discovered: “As one whom a mother caresses. so will I comfort you; you shall be carried at the breasts. and upon the knees they shall caress you” (Is 66,13). Ah! never did words more tender and more melodious come to give joy to my soul. The elevator which must raise me to heaven is your arms, O Jesus! And for this I had no need to grow up, but rather I had to remain little and become this more and more. O my God, You surpassed all my expectation. I want only to sing to Your mercies (Ps 89,2 Vg).