Aug. 17, 2013; Saturday, 19th Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus Blesses the Children
 Then the children were brought to Him (Jesus) that He might lay His hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people;  but Jesus said, "Let the children come to Me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven."  And He laid His hands on them and went away.
13-14. Once again (see Matthew 18:1-6) Jesus shows His special love for children, by drawing them close and blessing them. The Church, also, shows special concern for children by urging the need for Baptism:"That this law extends not only to adults but also to infants and children, and that the Church has received this from Apostolic tradition, is confirmed by the unanimous teaching and authority of the Fathers.
"Besides, it is not to be supposed that Christ the Lord would have withheld the Sacrament of grace of Baptism from children, of whom He said: 'Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven', whom also He embraced, upon whom He imposed hands, to whom He gave His blessing" (St. Pius V Catechism, II, 2, 32).
Source: The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries. Biblical text from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.
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