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Sunday, October 4, 2009

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27th Sunday Ordinary Time

Genesis 2:18-24
Hebrews 2:9-11
Psalm 128:1-6
Mark 10:2-16

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god is life (see jn 14:6)

"Let the children come to Me and do not hinder them." —Mark 10:14

Parents keep bringing children into this world to have Jesus touch them (Mk 10:13). They are scolded for this by those who feel that a larger population might detract from their pleasure-seeking lifestyle (Mk 10:13).

Jesus stands up for the parents and children and says: " 'Let the children come to Me and do not hinder them. It is to just such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. I assure you that whoever does not accept the reign of God like a little child shall not take part in it.' Then He embraced them and blessed them, placing His hands on them" (Mk 10:14-16).

God loves children. He created every one of us. He is the Lord of life. He wants all children to be born and live a happy and eternal life. He died so we might live. The Lord wants beautiful marriages where the couples have been joined together by Him. He often wants large families. His command is for us to fill the earth and subdue it.

Our God is not only "pro-life," He is Life (Jn 14:6). Respect life!

Prayer:  Jesus, like You, may I be willing to die to save lives.

Promise:  "Indeed, it was fitting that when bringing many sons to glory God, for Whom and through Whom all things exist, should make their Leader in the work of salvation perfect through suffering." —Heb 2:10

Praise:  Praise You, risen Jesus, "the Resurrection and the Life" (Jn 11:25). Alleluia!

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape The Culture of Death on audio AV 73-3 or video V-73.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 3, 2009

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