25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
23rd September 2018 
 Anyone who welcomes one of
these little children in my name, welcomes me.

Our readings this week 
explore what it means to live by the wisdom of God, where we recognise Christ 
Jesus not in ambition and worldly status, but rather in the helplessness of a 
little child.

In the First Reading from Wisdom, the ‘godless’ ones who live 
only for themselves yearn to be rid of those who live by truth and goodness.

The virtuous are an unwelcome challenge to the wicked, whose cruel words recall 
the taunts Jesus himself suffered on the cross. The Psalm reflects the 
confidence of one who calls on the Lord with great trust, whatever insults or 
difficulties they face. In the Second Reading, James speaks of ‘the wisdom that 
comes from above’, which shows itself in peace-making and compassion, rather 
than in the jealousy and ambition that so often fill the human heart. 

We are reminded how i
mportant it is to counter our own self-seeking desires through prayer. In the 
Gospel, Jesus takes a little child in his arms, reminding the disciples that l
oving service has nothing to do with the kind of worldly ‘greatness’ they’ve 
just been arguing about, but rather with humility and powerlessness. Christ i
nvites us, too, to put our own needs last, welcoming him in those who may 
outwardly have nothing to offer.

This week, let’s ask for the wisdom to see 
Christ more clearly in all the ‘little ones’ we encounter, praying that in this 
way we might love him more dearly, and follow him more nearly, day  by day.
Pope Francis 
Please pray for The Pope and our Shepherds.
God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.

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Parishes within the Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Click on the link below to see this week's services and times:

2018 09 23 Services for the Week.pdf