Hooked on Jesus

 “Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me;
and whoever welcomes me isn’t actually welcoming me
but rather the one who sent me.”  Mark 9:37

The disciples begin to argue about is greatest among Jesus’s group. “Me first!” . . . Can’t you just hear them arguing? What a thing to compete about—being “Number One” among Jesus’s friends!

Jesus comes upon them, seeking to their change their attitude. He picks up a child and lifts the child into the center of the circle, saying that this little one is more important than all the big people’s places of honor.

What makes children, such as you, so important, is that Jesus wants young people to get to know and love him and his Father and the Holy Spirit before other worldly interests draw them away. That’s why these daily messages to you are so important to me. If you get “hooked on Jesus,” at an early age, how wonderful to think about how the rest of your life will be so much more happy as you become closer and closer to Jesus!

Mark 9:33-37

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
“Welcome children—welcome Me.” v. 37
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the last week in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Fridays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
We read the Gospel of Mark in Year B.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…