Children of a Loving God

Mark 10: 13-16
Sir.17: 1-15 / Psa 103

Those who will not receive God’s kingdom like a child will never enter it.
(Mark 10:15)

Our children make us realize
The wonder of God’s creation;
Let’s look at life thru children’s eyes,
We may have a clearer vision.

People were bringing little children to Jesus to have Him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, He was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them. (Mark 10:13-16)

Reflection

This short narrative of St. Mark’s Gospel presents a poignant scene where Jesus showed how He felt for the little children. It is not only their innocence that endears the little ones to God. It is their total trust and dependence, and their capacity to believe that they have nothing to fear even in their powerlessness. In an atmosphere of love, children have an inate sense of trust that everything will be alright, and there is nothing to be afraid or be worried about. Unless their parents’ marriage breaks up in divorce. It is only when they experience an abnormal event contravening God’s plan that they begin to learn the meaning of fear, mistrust, doubt and deception.

We have much to learn from children if we want to be assured of peace in this life, and hope in heaven. Jesus said the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. So what are the qualities of children that we need to learn again? The first is to have a trusting heart. Children have no anxieties or fears when their parents are near. As children of a loving Father, we should never entertain any fear, but must trust that He is always in our midst to protect us and provide for all our needs. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.” (Prov.3:5-6)

Another endearing quality that we can observe in most children is their desire to please their parents. The sweetest thing for a child to hear are the words: “I’m so proud of you.” In order to be pleasing to our Father in heaven, it is not enough that we avoid wrongdoing; we must also show our sincere love for others, most especially the poor and underprivileged by works of charity and mercy. Only then can we also hear those cherished words, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.” (Mt.25:21)

Finally, we also learn from the little creatures the importance of a creative spirit, or the desire to discover and appreciate the wonders of creation. Children have a natural craving to learn new things every day, the reason why they are perpetually asking questions about many things. Parents who are wise and loving never tire to explain things and patiently answer the questions of their children. They know this is the way to develop their intelligence and quest for knowledge. God, our Father also wants us to attain wisdom in order to deepen our understanding of our faith. He does not want us to be like zombies, blindly following Church doctrines without grasping their biblical significance. The reason why our Brotherhood urges us to read the Bible and meditate on its passages every day. We are also encouraged to pray to God at least 15 minutes each day, to ask for His grace of wisdom and discernment, so that we may always appreciate everything in our life.

Jesus has shown us how precious the little ones are in life, needing our care and protection. Their innocence reflects the purity of God’s love, and their helplessness reminds us of our own need for God’s constant care and provision. We are mere children, so we must put our complete trust and faith in our loving Father. May we never cease to marvel at the beautiful little children, brimming with hope, full of life, reminding us of God’s goodness and compassion. And like them may we always be grateful for the wonders of His creation.

Lord God, keep our hearts full of trust in Your love and mercy, that we may also be loving and merciful. May all our words and works be pleasing to You, and may we never lose the gift of curiosity and wonder for all the miracles in our lives. Amen.

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