To Be Like a Child

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Mass Readings on My Birthday

I wasn't able to go to Mass on my birthday, something that I regret. I looked at the readings for the day, however, and wonder of wonders, the first two readings were about being children of God! Isn't that a fantastic coincidence!

From the first reading:

Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love,
as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us
as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma....

For you were once darkness,
but now you are light in the Lord.
Live as children of light.

The responsorial psalm was more explicitly about being like a child:

R. (see Eph. 5:1) Behave like God as his very dear children.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Behave like God as his very dear children.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.

R. Behave like God as his very dear children.

Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.

R. Behave like God as his very dear children.

The Gospel for the day was about Christ healing a crippled woman on the Sabbath, to the consternation of many in the synagogue. Christ replies, "Ought she not to have been set free on this sabbath day from this bondage?"


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