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Prodigious Children of God Mark 9:30-37

Prodigious Children of God

When we welcome a child, we welcome God.

At a Glance

Some uniquely gifted children are called "child prodigies" because of their ability to produce amazing, adult-level work or art at a very young age. These children, truly, are gifted and talented. Special. We're talking about these children, because, in today's gospel reading, Jesus pulls a child onto his lap. Every child, for Jesus, is a prodigious child of God. Jesus says that the greatest work of an adult disciple is to be like a child.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Invisibility or Flight?", September 21, 2003, at

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