One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.
When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.
Receive the kingdom like you receive a child… How does one receive a child? Open arms, smiling, love-soft words with a willingness to embrace them? Receive the Word of God as you would receive a child. Do we push them away? Do we find them a nuisance, a bother? Do we push the Word away, find it a bother? Hmmm….
The Word is described as active and alive, like a child. For it to be active and alive within us; we receive it with the same eagerness and acceptance we present to a child. Who will not receive….will not enter. Jesus’ words. Could it be there’s a hindrance to those who cannot accept a child? Is a large self involved? This calls for meditation and reflection before the Lord. Where do we find ourselves in this picture? It is significant that Jesus does three things; takes them into his arms, places his hands upon them, blesses them. Can we do likewise with the Word of God? Receive it to ourselves, place our hands upon it and bless it? Action words demonstrating attitude; an attitude that provides entrance into the kingdom of God.
Listen to him…