Reading 1, Ezekiel 18:1-10, 13, 30-32"
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19
Gospel, Matthew 19:13-15

13 Then people brought little children to him, for him to lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples scolded them,

14 but Jesus said, 'Let the little children alone, and do not stop them from coming to me; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of Heaven belongs.'

15 Then he laid his hands on them and went on his way.

Let the little children come to me." We have already heard different reflections on today's Gospel. Every so often preachers exalt the characteristics children have that made Jesus say that we must be like little children to be able to enter the Kingdom. Perchance, it is their innocence that touches God so much. However, such is what many adults have lost in time.
Several years back, during election period, a television network made an advertisement urging Filipinos to vote for the right persons in government offices. The message went across the public space magnificently when they put a little girl's face on the posters saying "Boto mo, kinabukasan ko..." This advertisement must have moved every person who saw it in billboards and posters everywhere around the country. The picture captured best the little girl's innocence while asking the people to think of every Filipino child as they vote.

There is no doubt that in God's eyes we will always be his little children. But the question is, "Do we still have the hearts of children?" This is another story. Yes, we are all children in the sight of the One who made us. But do we still have that something that makes us like a child is the question now. 

Brothers and sisters, let us reflect on today's Gospel and continuously pray that we may still possess the heart of a child. Because it is in the simplicity of such a heart that God is aroused and pleased. May our Mother Mary interceded for us as we remember and relive our dependence on God's loving mercy and grace.

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