Child-like

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald. SND on 09/28/2015

in Ordinary Time

Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time Cycle – B

“The people brought children to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus was irate and let them know it. Don’t push these children away. Don’t ever get between them and me.”

(Mk 10:13-15) from The Message by Eugene H. Peterson, p. 1649

 

Child-like

 

I wonder why sometimes I can’t wonder.

Is this inability some kind of blunder?

Have I perhaps in growing old

Forgotten how a child will hold

…a daisy,

…a pebble,

…grass or a ring,

In fact, they grasp at anything?

 

And they wonder, wish and ask you why?

…the green of grass,

…the blue of sky,

…the soft of pillows,

…the hard of rocks,

…the sweet of candy,

…the sour of Lemons.

Oh, on and on they wonder,

Near and far they wonder.

Please, Lord, help me to wonder once again,

Then age won’t creep up and cripple me.

If only I could wonder and be amazed at what I see,

Then will I live again the child in me.

 

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Why do you think the disciples shooed the children away from Jesus?
  2. When is the last time you remember being amazed at what you see?
  3. What benefits do you gain from wondering?
  4. Who have you seen lately who thought and acted as the disciples? As Jesus acted?
  5. What might you say to a child instead of, “Pay attention. Stop daydreaming?”
  6. Name some endearing qualities of a child?
  7. Why are these qualities necessary to belong to the kingdom of God?

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