Bring them to me

First Reading:  Ezekiel 18:1-10, 13b, 30-32  
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 51
Gospel:  Matthew 19:13-15

Today's gospel, although shorter,  has so much meaning.  In the first reading today we are told how the just man should act, and how they should not act.  It also make reference to where the unjust lead their children.  In the gospel today we see that Jesus makes time for the children.  He rebukes anyone who tries to prevent the children from coming to Him.  It reminds me of that classic children's' song "Jesus loves the little children."  There is a verse that says; "They are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world."  Wow, what a great verse!  I know that this is a simple children's' song, but sometimes some of the most insightful things are some of the most simple.  Like Jesus, all of God's children should be precious in our sight, and deserving of the respect and dignity that we should all be receiving.    

I think that this gospel and this song should put things in perspective when we prioritize things in our lives.  We should all be thinking about how we are making time for the children.  Whether we have kids or not, is there some way that we can help lead them to Christ?  What talents has the Lord given us that we might be able to serve His children?  Perhaps it might not be serving directly, but sometimes how we conduct ourselves in our lives is just as important.  Ever go to throw something away, miss, and then just walk away?  Ever just walk past someone who has dropped an armful of things?  Think no one is watching?  Well, God is always watching and seeing every thing that we do.  Along with God, it has been my experience that there is usually a kid around somewhere who is watching exactly what we are doing.  We have a responsibility to be good role models to the children, which can be just as powerful as directly working with them.  Remember, great role models are the ones who do the right thing even when no one is around.  

As Christ says;“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Where will you lead those around you?  

Father above, we thank you and give you praise for this day.  We thank you for all the joys that you bless us with everyday.  Lord we thank you for the children who teach us to be humble and to live simply.  Help us to guide them to you and to never lead them away from you.  Lord we pray for all those who are working to turn back towards you in their lives.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.  

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