Thursday, April 19, 2018

"Let the children come to me ..." Luke 18-15-17. Olga Lucia Álvarez Benjumea ARCWP *
More and more we are hearing about the marginalization, and 
lack of inclusion of women, in the texts of Scripture and in the
 ecclesial institution. Just as the name of so many precursor women 
in the Salvation History is unknown, I believe that without the 
"I believe", that the children have also been left aside, 
forgotten and marginalized.

Photo of Infocatólica.

It is said that there are fewer and fewer young people 

and children participating in the liturgies of the Church. 
The Liturgy seems to be only liturgy for adults. 
A moment, and the role of the altar boys? Okay. 
But, every time they are less and I believe that
 in addition to going in procession - 
if it is done - the children are not just to 
bring cakes, put water and wine, ring the bell ...

Someone says: "that is not so true" the children, i

t has its catechesis, its youth groups, 
it becomes a youth ministry.

Granted, that has existed and in some places it exists and 

should continue to be done and should not be suppressed. 
But, in the celebrations ...? T
hey can not take part, because they can not, and the 
liturgy as such is unique and exclusive to the 
ordained clergy. (1)

Camilo asked, to read the Gospel, after his mother did it. It is impossible to deny that he can participate in the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Samuelito Franco, in the Altar does not bother us.

Children want to participate actively in the Eucharist. These two are children of women in prison. I would not be able to tell you that you can not fully participate in the altar.

This couple of children from Soacha, want to do the readings. You would dare to tell them that you can not. Because "REDEMPTIONIS SACRAMENTUM 
On some things that should be observed or avoided 
about the Most Holy Eucharist" (2). So you have planned?

Empowering the laity. Ramiro and his son (the young man) participate in the altar. Would you tell them to stay at bay because REDEMPTIONIS SACRAMENTUM, has already conceived, what can and can not be done in the Eucharist?

Carlos Andrés, has always been worried that he would allow him to read and feel useful in the Eucharist. Could it be that we say no?

It is Christmas, I accompany you, we celebrate and we have consecrated everyone in the present Community. Juliana and Pablo as well as today received their Christmas gifts, they want to give to dad and mom the Holy Eucharist. Would you say no, do not do it, because that is an abuse and disrespect?

Felipe, place his hand on mine and together we anoint Camilo and the rest of those present, praying for health, and protection for all. Would you say you can not?

The Ecclesial Community of Base, present, father, mother, elders, children and women presbyters celebrating the Eucharist, announcing the Gospel. The message of Jesus left us no rules or borders: "And he said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15

Dayanita, you want to give me the blessing, will it be that I am worthy of receiving your blessing and that you can not either?

This little one seems to ask: "Who dares to tell me that I can not praise you, bless you and make you known? Oh, my Divine Essence !?"

Jesus comes forward with the children, among them Luisito, an acolyte martyr child of the Ecclesial Base Communities in El Salvador.

"Let the children come to me ..." Luke 18-15-17
Each eucharistic, intergenerational, and interreligious celebration can not lose its pastoral and catechetical dimension:  "This is my body that is being delivered by you, do this in memory of me." Luke 22:19. In this mandate or suggestion of Jesus: "DO"  no one has been excluded, the commitment belongs to everyone.
* Roman Catholic Presbyter.

2)               la-celebrating-de-la-misa

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