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The Gospel reading at Mass today, August 18, 2007, is from Mt 19:13-15: “…Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’”
At the base of the Statue of Liberty, in upper New York Bay at the mouth of the Hudson river, the famous words written by poet Emma Lazarus are inscribed: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”
The statue featured in the above photo is called Christ the Redeemer and it overlooks Rio de Janeiro. Last month this statue was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World by the non-profit New Open World Corporation (NOWC). The two attributes associated with this marvelous statue by NOWC are: “welcoming and openness”. The statue, standing 130 feet tall, was completed in 1931.
Today’s Gospel reading epitomizes the “welcoming and openness” of Jesus to children. Perhaps we can link this statue and Gospel in our mind’s eye and even picture this verse engraved at the base of this Rio Wonder of the World:
“Give Me your unborn infants and newborns unwanted,
All those children most rejected and forsaken,
Yearning to be born and welcomed by loving hearts.
Send these, the hidden and lowly ones to Me and Mine,
That they may find true rest and solace upon my Heart.”
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