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Listen To God: Hear the Poor | Matthew Reed on welcoming a child

Wednesday 9th April 2014

On day four of Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Nichols's week of prayer for Christian social action, The Children's Society chief executive the Revd Matthew Reed reflects on Jesus' words in Matthew 18 'Whoever welcomes a child welcomes me' - and what it means to truly welcome and listen to children.

The Revd Matthew Reed is reflecting on today's Bible reading, Matthew 18:1-5.

Join in with today's Psalm and reading below, and download the complete 'Listen To God: Hear the Poor' prayers and readings here

Watch more video reflections from the Listen To God: Hear the Poor prayer week here.

Wednesday 9 April

Psalm 34 (Common Worship Psalter)

1 I will bless the Lord at all times; •

his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

2 My soul shall glory in the Lord; •

let the humble hear and be glad.

3 O magnify the Lord with me; •

let us exalt his name together.

4 I sought the Lord and he answered me •

and delivered me from all my fears.

5 Look upon him and be radiant •

and your faces shall not be ashamed.

6 This poor soul cried, and the Lord heard me •

and saved me from all my troubles.

7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him •

and delivers them.

8 O taste and see that the Lord is gracious; •

blessed is the one who trusts in him.

9 Fear the Lord, all you his holy ones, •

for those who fear him lack nothing.

10 Lions may lack and suffer hunger, •

but those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good.

Matthew 18:1-5 (NRSV)

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He

called a child, whom he put among them, and said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like

children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the

greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.’


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