“And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them;
and taking him in his arms, he said to them,
‘Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me;
and whoever receives me,
receives not me but him who sent me’” (Mark 9:36–37).
My nephew, Michael Colin Kirby, seems to be part of the icon of Christ with the little children on the wall behind him. In today’s Mass, Our Lord draws us into the way of spiritual childhood and humble service. The Mass opens with Christ Himelf singing to His Church the strong and reassuring words, “Salus populi ego sum” (Ps 77:1). “I am the salvation, the wholeness, the happiness of the people.” One who takes that message to heart willingly places his life in the hands of Christ and follows Him, trusting in His merciful goodness.
I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. From whatever tribulations they cry out to me, I will give heed to them, and I will be their Lord forever (Cf. Ps 36: 39-40).