Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

  • Proverbs 31:10-31
  • Psalm 1
  • James 3:13–4:3, 7-8
  • Mark 9:30-37

Year B Readings:

He Called a Little Child


When little children play their games,
they mix the brown, the black, and the white.
Foreign accents and alien speech
are muted by squeals of pure delight.

The little children aren’t wise enough
to tell the girls apart from boys.
They greet their playmates with open hearts.
Without guile, they share their toys.


The little children do not compete.
In time, they’ll learn to lose and win.
Knowing nothing of money and fame,
they look to parents for everything.

As a little child depends on parents,
we must be humble and trust in God.
Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
The very opposite of the way of the world!


Jesus called a little child.
He set the child among the crowd.
How can a person enter the kingdom?
You must unlearn the way of the proud.

Give up your claims to power and status.
Become a child once again.
Unless you change and be like children,
you cannot gain the kingdom of heaven.

NOTE: These are lyrics for an anthem.

September 19, 2021

I had three new poems published this month. Click this.

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