Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/08/13

Impulse: And He laid His hands on them

Saturday

19th Week of Ordinary Time

Gospel: Matthew 19:13-15

And He laid His hands on them (Verse 15)

Jesus blesses the children by laying his hands on them.  We really like to use this symbol of making the sign of the cross.  For example, we make the sign of the cross on our children’s foreheads, blessing them, before they leave the house.  We also use holy water for this purpose.  Such holy symbols are very powerful and we do not want to underestimate them.  There is a big difference between praying for someone in silence or laying my hands on them and blessing them.

And He laid His hands on them

At the time Jesus blesses the children there was no sign of the cross, He had not yet been crucified.  He laid his hands on them.  That too is a beautiful sign.  It means: God protects you, He holds his hands over you.  It also means: He is with you, His hands will guide you, He holds His hands over your actions.  Finally, it also means you belong to God.  When someone lays his hands on an item, he indicates that the item belongs to him. So when God lays His hands on us, we recognize this gesture as our will to belong to Him.

And He laid His hands on them

 Prayer with the laying on of hands has become stronger with the charismatic renewal.  We can also practice it in our families.  Let’s pray for each other!  Bless one another!  With a child’s faith, let us believe in the power of God, power that He wants to give to us with in so many ways.  We should have the courage, especially with friends and others we trust, to pray together. After a good conversation with someone we can suggest that we pray together.  We can pray for a blessing right before leaving for vacation. We can pray for the sick.  Let’s look for an opportunity to pray today!  Depending on the situation, we can pray by the laying on of our hands.

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