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August 19, 2017

Mt 19: 13-15

Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” And he laid his hands on them and went on his way.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Faith of a child

Jesus tells us that the kingdom of heaven belongs to “such as these” when the children are brought to him.  There are many beautiful images of Jesus sitting amidst a group of children, and he is often depicted as teaching them.  But the reverse can also be true; children can also teach us.  

Children can have a simple, beautiful faith.  They are more willing to trust what they are told, without assuming an ulterior motivation from the speaker.  But they also always want to know more.  Anyone who has been around a four year old knows the prevalence of the word “why?”.  This desire to go deeper is one that we can all imitate, particularly when it comes to our relationship with God.  

As God’s children, each of us are invited to come closer to Jesus, without letting anything prevent us, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Lord God, you love each of us as your beloved child.  Draw us closer to you so that we can increase our faith, placing our full trust in you.  Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 


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August 19, 2017

Mt 19: 13-15

Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” And he laid his hands on them and went on his way.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Faith of a child

Jesus tells us that the kingdom of heaven belongs to “such as these” when the children are brought to him.  There are many beautiful images of Jesus sitting amidst a group of children, and he is often depicted as teaching them.  But the reverse can also be true; children can also teach us.  

Children can have a simple, beautiful faith.  They are more willing to trust what they are told, without assuming an ulterior motivation from the speaker.  But they also always want to know more.  Anyone who has been around a four year old knows the prevalence of the word “why?”.  This desire to go deeper is one that we can all imitate, particularly when it comes to our relationship with God.  

As God’s children, each of us are invited to come closer to Jesus, without letting anything prevent us, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Lord God, you love each of us as your beloved child.  Draw us closer to you so that we can increase our faith, placing our full trust in you.  Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

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