Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19:14
In the context of the mores of the times, Christ’s interest in small children is rather remarkable. But Christ and the writer of Matthew’s Gospel emphasize that this new Realm, this new relationship between God and humanity will be a children’s crusade for a freer and better future.
I also believe that these children’s moments were provided to teach us about the personal qualities of Christ and, in turn, those who would live with Christ living within them. Here was an approachable man redefining God as an approachable God. Here was a man who had compassion for the children revealing God’s intimate compassion for all children. Here was a man who embraced all children as if they were His own, teaching how God feels about children, they are all family in need of my care.
Welcoming the children, caring for the children, giving time for the children, preparing the way for the children, embracing the children … I believe it has always been at the heart of the Christian way of life.
Always in His Service,
Fr. Charitas de la Cruz