Jesus’ decision to gather these children appears to have been less for their lasting benefit and more for the benefit of those disciples—and us. In Christ’s example, we are presented with a model for responding to the little ones today: whether they be little in age, little in prestige, little in power, or little in money. What do we do, whom do we choose when our busyness and notions of self-importance meet people typically belittled as interruptions? The text closes with Jesus’ poignant embrace and blessing of the children. … Jesus’ challenge to us is simple: go and do likewise. For by embracing little ones, we find ourselves embraced in a kingdom formed by the bend in God’s arm.
—John Indermark, Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus, A Lenten Study (Upper Room Books, 2008)
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People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.
—Mark 10:13-14 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy One, challenge me today to see the world as you see it. Challenge me to seek your way and to not settle for what might be the norm.
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