Be a Child for God’s Kingdom


Mark 10: 13-16
Jas 5: 13-20/ Ps 141:1-3, 8

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

How does one become like a child?
By greeting others with a smile . . .
With a mind pure and undefiled,
And a heart without any guile.

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

It was almost 9:30 pm when Color called to tell Ollie that she was experiencing painful contractions. Seven months pregnant, she had been up very early that morning to drive her husband to the airport to fly to Canada because his father was critically ill. With three little kids to take care of, and a call later that day that her husband’s flight was delayed due to mechanical trouble, it was obvious that this daughter of our dear friends (who are working in the U.S.) was under a lot of stress. Arriving at her house 20 minutes later, we were pleasantly surprised by Color’s two-year old child, Dave (my godson), who led us to their bedroom. Tucking him back to bed, I whispered that we were going to bring his mom to the hospital, and he should go back to sleep. Bright-eyed, the child just nodded and smiled, as if he was the one reassuring me that there was nothing to worry about, that everything would be alright. And indeed his mom was fine, and back from the hospital that same evening.

The trusting nature of a little child inspires and fortifies us to be worthy of his simple trust. Because of children’s trust, their parents (or guardians) strive to give their best. A child’s trust also reminds us that we have a loving Father Whom we can rely on in times of emergencies. Dave’s coming down to greet us at such a late hour to lead us to his mother’s room, and his responsiveness to go back again to bed displayed children’s innate obedient nature. I could not help but kiss him on the forehead as a sign of my love and admiration. God loves all of His children, but more so the ones who please Him by their responsive and obedient na

Jesus reminds us in today’s Gospel that we must regard the kingdom of God in the same way that a child regards his surroundings: with trust, peace of mind, obedience, and spontaneous responsiveness. If we have forgotten because we have become too guarded, too cynical, too practical and mature, it’s never too late to learn from Jesus that to enjoy the peace of God’s kingdom, we must simply receive it like a little child.

Take my hand, sweet Jesus, and lead me to the Father, for there is nothing more that I desire than to be His child. Amen.

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