“People were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them…” What a beautiful picture to carry away about the humanity of Jesus: taking the children in his arms and blessing them. The disciples try to hinder the people from bringing the children. Jesus tells them that they should themselves learn from them how to be blessed. The simplicity and dependence of children on the love and support they need from their parents is a metaphor for the attitude that should be ours if we wish to enter the kingdom of God. It is an openness to what we cannot accomplish by ourselves.
It is the child in us who can truly be open to God’s constant invitation to be born from above, to be part of creation which is itself constantly being recreated. It is the child in us who can thrill to a sense of closeness to the source of life and love that is God. Without a sense of wonder, our praise of God will be sterile. It is the child in us who can most truly live in a state of becoming, always open to growth and change. It is the child in us who can sense the need for God, for the church.
And for adults, how do we bring our children to Jesus? Introducing them to Jesus by bible stories and inculcating an ability to speak of one’s relationship to the Lord is important from an early age. Praying and going to church should not be a task, but a chance to express one’s love for the one who has given so much for us.
What might being like a child mean for me? How would my life be changed if I were more child-like?
O Lord, give me the heart of a child, that I may always realize my dependence on you. You are the source of all grace. Fill me with you spirit so that I may welcome others as you did the little children. May I ever be a source of love for them.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)