A reading from the gospel according to Matthew 19:13-15
13 Children were brought to Jesus that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them,
14 but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
15 After he placed his hands on them, he went away.
Good News: The Kingdom of Heaven belongs to the little ones.
Points to consider:
1. Elders especially parents bringing children to Jesus.
• In our times, millions of children are abandoned and abused. Who will take care of them? Who will bring them to Jesus?
2. Elders like the disciples preventing children from approaching Jesus.
• As an elder or parent, do we hinder these little ones from knowing Jesus? Let us check our behavior. Unknowingly, maybe we are part of the problem why many children grow up without having any idea of Jesus.
3. Jesus welcomes the little ones.
• Jesus does not reject anyone who comes to him. The children or the “little ones” have a special place in His heart.
4. Jesus proclaims that the kingdom of heaven belongs to the children. Why? Read on…
• Normally children are by nature weaker than adults. Let us remember that one of the most common themes in all the teachings of Jesus is about welcoming and taking care of the weaker section of the population – those whom people consider unimportant or marginalized because of poverty or tradition. During the time of Jesus and even today, these kinds of people have very little value in the scheme of things. To them goes the compassion of Jesus.
• Children are simple and innocent individuals. Below a certain age, they are exempted from criminal laws by virtue of their innocence. In the beginning, Adam and Eve were simple and innocent beings and they live with God in paradise!
• Children are vulnerable and they totally depend on adults for survival. God wants us to depend on His divine provision and protection.
• Children are curious and open to new teachings. More often than not, they are the exact opposite of adults when it comes to “teachability”. How true it is that the most important things in life are learned in grade 1!
• It is fun to look at children. They are always handsome or beautiful. They have an innate ability to make adults smile or laugh.
There are more reasons why the Kingdom of heaven belongs to children. Please write your addendum in the comment section below.
See also: Matthew 19:3-12 Reflection