Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Lk. 18:15-17
As we begin our Church school this month, the Lord’s admonishment about the importance of children is first and foremost in directing our work. For so many, the instinctive action with children, is like that of the Apostles, to shoo them away, and let adults “worry about Jesus”, because “they might not understand, or appreciate it”. What is problematic about this, is that it excuses them from the ministry of Christ made present in our liturgical and spiritual life. For this reason the Lord goes out of His way to not only include them, but set them as the example of what one must be like to enter the Kingdom.
Our Church school teachers have taken this to heart in designing a program that not only offers them insight into our liturgical and spiritual life, whether it is talking about the Apostle or Gospel readings, and the saints of the day, but as well providing an opportunity for them to understand why we do what we do, and more importantly that it has meaning.
And this is the point. That everything we do means something. That Jesus Christ, who has come to save each and everyone of us in His Incarnation, means something to us. That His saving act of dying on the cross, and destroying death by His death, means something to us. That His life giving resurrection means something to us. That His most holy mother’s prayers and intercessions, mean something to us. And that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon all of us, means something to us. Without this understanding anything we do in Church life, will be fruitless, regardless of if we are nine or ninety. May we all have the heart of children, and come to the Lord who blesses and glorifies!