AUGUST 14 Ord Time B. Wk 19. Sat. Mt 19. 13-15
People brought little children to Jesus, for him to lay his hands on them and say a prayer. The disciples turned them away, but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children alone, and do not stop them coming to me; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’ Then he laid his hands on them and went on his way.
It is important to note the reading from yesterday (the reading that immediately precedes this one) dealt with the purpose and meaning of marriage. It would be unreasonable then to claim Jesus did not want the two passages linked; - with the creation of children being the purpose of marriage and human sexuality.
We are told “people brought little children to Jesus, for him to lay his hands on them and say a prayer” which would seem to indicate those listening to him had become aware of the purpose of both their vocation and their marriage; - and this was what led them to presenting their children to Jesus, with great joy, for a blessing.
The fact Christ’s disciples “turned them away” indicates they saw young children differently to how the Son of God saw them. Note the words Christ used when he became aware his disciples wanted to send the children away; -
“Let the little children alone; - do not stop them coming to me; - for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs!”
What he is highlighting here is children have pure and clean hearts; - attributes so many adults do not have; -because their hearts are full of selfish desires and personal concerns; - and even the disciples seemed unaware of this truth.
Here we have food for thought! How many of us see children his way; - as pure souls destined to be with God in a union of love; - for eternity?
What we are discussing here is the purpose of life; - to know love and serve God; - for eternity! It is interesting; - or tragic; - we so easily lose sight of this truth. We credit ourselves with wisdom; - but when it comes to the purpose of life, we have a strange ability to lose sight of it?
The teaching here is so clear and unambiguous one can only wonder why we do not understand or appreciate the wisdom Christ left us in the Gospels. We seem to see his teachings as lessons from another world, with no relevance to us; - and so we allow ourselves to ignore them?
The fact is Christ’s teachings do belong to another world; - the next world; - the world of eternal life where we will be able to dwell with our creator in a permanent and intimate union of love!!
Christ became a man, and then died on a Cross for us, so our sins can be forgiven and we can dwell with him in heaven; - but that was not the only reason. He also came to bear witness to the Love of the Father for his people; - and; - he came to teach us what we have to do in order to gain this treasure; - by returning his love!
So, we need to reassess how we view the Gospels! They contain lessons and instructions that are focussed on another world; - the world we are created to enter after our fast-approaching death; - and we need to appreciate this; - and read them in that context!
Gospel Acclamation cf.Mt11:25
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.