My daily reflection and prayer: Saturday, August 16, 2014
“Jesus says: Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14).
WHILE reading the Gospel, I remember the lyrics of a children song I sang when I was child around 43 years ago.
In Indonesian language, the song reads as follows:
“Biar kanak-kanak datang kepada-Ku. Itu sabda Yesus, dia memanggilku. Kini aku datang siap menghadap-Nya. Kini aku datang; Yesus memanggilku.
Biar kanak-kanak datang kepada-Ku. Itu sabda Yesus, Dia memanggilku. Dalam kesukaran susah tak terhibur. PadaNya ‘ku datang; Yesus memanggilku.”
Jesus let children come to Him. No body can hinder their steps to reach Him. Jesus says to the disciples, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
We do not know why the disciples rebuke them. They may be jelaous due to Jesus elevated a child and taught them that they should be like a child so they could enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Or, they may have wanted to shield Jesus from the nuisance of noisy children. As we know well, children are noisy group. Many time they can not keep in silent. They are so mobile. Yes, in the case, the disciples may be in right position. But, surely, they forget something important. Jesus has elevated a child and foretold that in him the Kingdom of heaven is available.
Thaks to Jesus who rebuked His disciples and let the children come to Him. Even, He laid His hands on them. Jesus very delighted in the children and demonstrated that God’s love has ample room for everyone, including children.
How do we to educate children? Do we bring them to Jesus? Or we may hinder them to meet Jesus as the disciple did?
Catholic Church gives ample room for children to meet Jesus as early as possible by allowing to baptize them as soon as possible. So they can meet Jesus early. He lays His hands on them and bless them.
Some time I wonder if some parents did not baptize their children as soon as possible. Even, some others let their children to wait to be baptized until growing young. For Catholic parents, to baptize their children is a mandatory task, not a voluntary.
Thanks to God, I’m happy every time I baptize babies and children. Then, the parents guide them to know Jesus more by educating them in a Sunday School. They also are prepared to have the first Communion. I thanks to God every time to meet children praying in Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist chapel.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus, may we never hinder our children and youth from coming to you to receive your blessing, instruction, and healing power physical or spiritual as well. Make our children and youth strong in faith and in character that they may follow you faithfully. I pray that we may never lose that child-like simplicity and humility which draws us into your loving presence, now and forever. Amen.
SALAM TIGA JARI: Persatuan Indonesia dalam Keragaman
Kredit foto: Anak-anak bersama Yesus (Courtesy of La Peur Bleue)