What would be the qualities of one's heart that would be like a child's? Is it the wonder that a child carries, the openness and innocence?
A child comes dependent on others for their care, their provision, for their basic needs to be met. In this story it may have been parents bringing their children to Jesus, seeing in Jesus One who would bless and nourish their children.
Even if you are one who wasn't brought to Jesus for his loving care, touch and blessing, you can bring yourself, the child that resides within, to Jesus to touch, hold and bless you.
Come. Come as a child to Jesus and receive God's loving care and blessing. Let him hold you for a while.
Who comes to mind that you might want to bring to Jesus for his touch and blessing? Bring them to him in your prayer.
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.
For Reflection and Prayer:
- What word or verse stood out to you? How is Jesus speaking to you in that?
- What voices or attitudes do you hear inside yourself, that tell you Jesus doesn't have time for you?
- Can you allow your innocence and dependence to be seen, held, and blessed by Jesus?
- What do you think Jesus meant when he explained about entering the Kingdom of heaven?