Daily Bible Reading
Saturday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 19:13-15.
Children were brought to Jesus that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them,
but Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
After he placed his hands on them, he went away.
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God’s tenderness towards children
Saint Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), priest, founder of religious communities
Addresses to the Daughters of Charity, 7/12/1643 (Conference of the 7th December 1643)
God takes as much delight, my daughters, in seeing the service you offer to children as he does in their little babblings and even in their little cries and tears. Each one of those cries touches God’s heart with confusion. And you too, my dear Sisters, when you comfort them when they cry, giving them the attention they need for love of God and in honor of Our Lord’s childhood, aren’t you pleasing God? And isn’t God honored by the cries and wailings of these little ones? So take heart, my daughters! Love caring for these infants through whose mouths God receives perfect praise. It isn’t just me who says so, Sisters, but the prophet: “In the mouths of infants at the breast is your perfect praise.” Oh my daughters, so it is true since Holy Scripture says so.
See how fortunate you are to care for these little ones who give God perfect praise and in whom God’s goodness takes such great pleasure, a pleasure that is, in a certain sense, just like that of mothers who have no greater consolation than to view the little acts of their children. They admire everything and love everything. In the same way that God, who is their father, takes great pleasure in all their little doings.