SUNDAY, September 20 16 Pentecost

Mark 9:30-37. Whoever welcomes one such child…welcomes me.

Several months ago I saw a wonderful picture of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, clad in a brightly colored chasuble and sitting on the floor in church, surrounded by children. Our presiding bishop travels extensively. She is so available that whenever she comes to a diocese, she tries to spend time with children and youth. When she comes to consecrate a new bishop, she asks to stay over Sunday and visit a small church. She strives to make the office of presiding bishop touch as many people as possible.

All too often when people are elected to high office, they lose touch with the “children”–both literal ones and figurative ones. How refreshing it is to see young children in the White House, and see our President and First Lady as mom and dad.

Jesus makes no bones about the fact that when we welcome children into our life, we welcome him. May we never be so busy that we lose touch with the children. For when we welcome them, we welcome Jesus.

PRAY for the Diocese of Southwark (Canterbury, England)

Ps 1 and Proverbs 31:10-31 –OR– Ps 54 and Wisdom of Solomon 1:16-2:1, 12-22 or Jeremiah 11:18-20; James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a

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