Saturday 19th Week of the Year
Jesus welcomed children because he loved them and he knew they would bring his Good Word to all their families and friends.
If you know someone is a gossip,
you will either make sure they hear what you say
so it will get around, or you keep a tight lip
because you want to keep something close to your chest.
Children had little status
in the Mediterranean culture of our Lord’s time.
However, they were great at gossiping.
They would go from house to house
and pick up bits and pieces
to bring home to Mom and Dad.
Everybody knew this including the disciples
who pushed them away.
They were walking newspapers.
And Jesus used it to his advantage.
Of course, our Lord welcomed them because he loved them.
“Let them come to me.
the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”
We would do well to develop their disposition
to belong to his kingdom.
But he tells the disciples not to shoo them away
because he has nothing to hide.
I can say that he loves the free publicity they provide,
running back home to tell the family all about Jesus.
He wants everyone to have a relationship
with his Father that his Father has with him.
It would be interesting for us to think about
what the Lord is teaching us
in a moment of prayer or spiritual reading or even a homily.
What might happen if we would relate
what we heard in God’s house
to all the other houses we go?
There’s enough bad news going around.
Let’s follow the example of the children
that Jesus welcomed and spread some good news
that might be a big help to someone.