Hosea 11:1-9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
God’s Compassion Despite Israel’s Ingratitude
3 Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
5 They shall return to the land of Egypt,
8 How can I give you up, Ephraim?
Mark 10:13-16 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Jesus Blesses Little Children
13 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.