Gospel: Mk 10:13-16
People were bringing their little children to him to have him touch them; and the disciples rebuked them for this.
When Jesus noticed it, he was very angry and said, “Let the children come to me and don’t stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.“ Then he took the children in his arms and, laying his hands on them, blessed them.
Children in the Kingdom
One of the most memorable moments of the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines was his time with families at the MOA SMX. There is that beautiful picture of the smiling Pope Francis surrounded by children! Oh how children attract the attention of the Holy Father! I remember how the escorts of the Holy Father would pick out a parent with small children and bring them to the Holy Father!
Jesus in the Gospel of today was himself surrounded by little children. And when the disciples tried to prevent the children from drawing near to him, Jesus rebuked them! Jesus loves little children!
Our Lord and the Holy Father has shown us the importance of children in our society. It is so sad when we society begin to take children for granted. It is so sad when children are abused by adults. We must learn once again to value children as Jesus values every child. Like Pope Francis, we must pay special attention to our children today. Do bless the children you meet today!