Meditation: Do you seek to help others draw near to the
Lord Jesus? The parents who brought their children to Jesus wanted
Jesus to lay his hands upon them. They knew of the healing power,
both physical and spiritual, which came from Jesus' touch. Jesus,
in turn, rebuked his disciples for hindering the children from
coming. No doubt the disciples wanted to shield Jesus from the
nuisance of noisy children. But Jesus delighted in the children
and demonstrated that God's love has ample room for everyone.
Pray for the young to grow strong in faith
No one is unimportant to God. He comes to each person individually that he might touch them with his healing love and power. Do you show kindness, interest, and care for the youth you encounter in your neighborhood, home, and church? And do you pray for young people that they may come to know the love of Jesus Christ and grow in wisdom and maturity as his disciples?
Why does Jesus say that we must receive the kingdom of God like a child (Mark 10:15)? In the ancient world children were at the bottom of the social ladder. They had no rights or privileges of their own and they had no means or resources to care for themselves. They were totally dependent on their parents for everything they needed. Scripture teaches us that we are totally dependent on God as our eternal Father and Provider. We owe our very existence to him because he is the Creator, Author, and Sustainer of life. We could not find our way to God if he did not first seek us out and draw us to himself. That is why the Father in heaven sent his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus, to show us the way to the Father.
The Lord Jesus came to set us free from slavery to sin, Satan,
and death, and to adopt us as children of God - his beloved sons
and daughters. Jesus taught his disciples to not only honor and
respect God as our eternal Father, but to trust in him with great
confidence for everything we need - just as children naturally
trust in their parents for all that they need. God gives
generously to those who put their trust in him, who approach him
with child-like simplicity and humility, and with expectant faith
that he will treat them as a loving and merciful Father rather
than a cold and stern judge or tyrant. Do you trust your heavenly
Father to give you what you need to live as his son or daughter?
Do you seek to help others draw near to the Lord?
Our great privilege and responsibility is to live as true and faithful sons and daughters of God and as loyal citizens and ambassadors of his heavenly kingdom. And our chief responsibility is to pass on the faith, wisdom, and gifts which we have received from God to our young people and to those who do not yet know God that they may find true joy and everlasting life in the Lord Jesus Christ. Are you ready and eager to pass on your faith and experience of God's action in your life to others, especially to the young who need guidance, encouragement, and the godly example and witness of those who have discovered the true source of happiness in knowing, loving, and serving God?
"Lord Jesus, may we never hinder our youth from coming to you to receive your blessing, help, and abundant life. Make our youth strong in faith, hope, and love that they may find true joy and fulfillment in following you as their Lord and Savior. And as we grow with age, may we never lose that child-like simplicity and humility which draws us ever deeper into your loving presence."
This reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager, whose website is located at: http://dailyscripture.servantsoftheword.org/readings/