Gospel Mark 10:13-16
Blessing of the Children.
13 And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.g
14 When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
15 Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child* will not enter it.”h
16 Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.
1 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who lived in a land of gloom
a light has shone.a
2 You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing; They rejoice before you as people rejoice at harvest, as they exult when dividing the spoils.
3 For the yoke that burdened them, the pole on their shoulder, The rod of their taskmaster, you have smashed, as on the day of Midian.
4 For every boot that tramped in battle, every cloak rolled in blood, will be burned as fuel for fire.
5 For a child* is born to us, a son is given to us;
upon his shoulder dominion rests.They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero,Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.
6 His dominion is vast and forever peaceful,
Upon David’s throne, and over his kingdom, which he confirms and sustains By judgment and justice,
both now and forever.The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this!
The Father’s Plan of Salvation.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,c who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
4 as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him.d In love
5 he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will,e
6 for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved.
15 Therefore, I, too, hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and of your love* for all the holy ones,
16 do not cease giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him.
18 May the eyes of [your] hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones