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Children at Play

Picture courtesy of lavistachurchofchrist.org.

Gospel Reflection

Hear Jesus’ words:

When you pray, pray privately alone,
when you fast, don’t make a show of it,
don’t do it to be seen;
and your Father who sees in secret
will reward you.

Believe what Jesus says,
God is generous; God is good.

Amen

Gospel Reading - Mistreating Children a Bad Idea

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6But if any of you causes one of these little ones who trusts in me to lose his faith,a it would be better for you to have a rock tied to your neck and be thrown into the sea.

7“Woe upon the world for all its evils.b Temptation to do wrong is inevitable, but woe to the man who does the tempting.

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10“Beware that you don’t look down upon a single one of these little children. For I tell you that in heaven their angels have constant accessc to my Father. 11And I, the Messiah,d came to save the lost.

. . . . .Matthew 18:6-7,10-11
  1. Literally, “to stumble.”
  2. Literally, “because of occasions of stumbling.”
  3. Or “do always behold.”
  4. Literally, “the Son of Man.”

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.