Jesus had a heart for children. Take a look at today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 19. He says, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” This is just one of the reasons why Catholics have always baptized their children.
In today’s first reading from Ezekiel 18, we see how our actions will be rewarded. Virtuous deeds will result in life. Wicked deeds will result in death. God makes it clear that he does not exult or rejoice when people do wicked things and die as a result. We have a free will, and God wants us to use it for good!
“For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies, says the Lord God. Return and live!” So many people think that God wants to squash them like a bug. But He doesn’t! He wants nothing more than for us to turn our hearts to Him, that we may spend eternity with Him. If you’re holding back anything from God today, give it up! Return and live!
Father, you always call out to us when we go astray. Help us to hear your voice; to return to you, that we might live! Amen.