Little children were brought to Jesus that He might lay his hands on them with a prayer. But the disciples scolded those who brought them. Jesus then said, «Let them be! Do not stop the children from coming to me, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to people such as these». So Jesus laid his hands on them and went his way.
Life has plenty to offer to us. When something is pleasing to us and greeble to our way of looking at life, we are taught to choose it as ours. It’s here that the people of Israel have failed by choosing the foreign Gods, forgetting the salvation history. It is in our search of Good that we end up in doing what is not good. We need good leaders like in the first reading, who will lead the people to the right direction. We need to choose also the right leader, who can lead us to Christ, not those who seperate us from the Lord.
Today, Jesus invites us to make an evaluation of discernments and actions, which are in truth against God’s will, just like the disciples were blocking the children coming closer to Jesus. Jesus is asking us, not to be stumbling block to the people seek the Lord. Some of them are strong and others are weak.
All those who come to us, are God's children, so that we may respond positively, fulfilling the divine will in them, in the place of their God (our God) who loves them so much. Maximilian Kolbe was able to respond positively to the cry of one of the totally unknown prisoners. For Franciszek Gajowniczek, this priest was not only sent from the Father, he was God, life.
My dear friends, these are the friends of God, the beloved of the Father, who are crying for our support and help. We are sent to these people, to lead them towards Christ, not to block them. Let us learn to imitate Jesus and bless them. In this blessing, let us add our humanity, for the world needs it. It was in our humanity that God expressed his divinity in the incarnation. Can we be this incarnate?
Action of the day: Bring all to Christ.
«Little children were brought to Jesus that He might lay his hands on them with a prayer»
Fr. Antoni CAROL i Hostench
(Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)
Today, we are given to contemplate a scene that, unfortunately, is a very real one now-a-days: «Little children were brought to Jesus that He might lay his hands on them with a prayer. But the disciples scolded those who brought them» (Mt 19:13). Children are especially loved by Jesus; but we, with our typical and characteristic reasoning of “adult people”, do not let them get close to Jesus and to the Father: —When they grow up, if they wish, they will choose...! What a great mistake!
The poor ones, that is, those needy, those who have nothing, are the object of a special predilection by the Lord. And children, infants, are indeed very “poor”. They are poor in age; they are poor in formation... They are defenseless. This is why, the Church —our “Mother”— has decided that parents should bring their children as soon as possible to the baptism, so that the Saint Spirit may inhabit in their souls and they may join the warmth of the community of believers. This is how it is stated by the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as by the Code of Canon Law, legislators of a maximum rank of the Church (which, as any other community, must have its own legislation).
But no! when they are grown up! This way to proceed is a piece of nonsense. Otherwise, we can ask ourselves: —What will this child eat? What his mother will give him without specifying what he would prefer. —Or, what language will the child speak? The same as his parents (in other words, the child will never be able to choose any other language). —Which school will this child attend to? Wherever his parents will decide to take him, without waiting for him to define which studies will he prefer...
—What did Jesus eat? What his Mother, Mary, gave him. —What language did Jesus speak? His parents'. —What religion did Jesus Infant learn and practice? That of his parents, Judaism. Afterwards, as an adult, thanks to the formation his parents had given him, He founded a new religion... But, first, that of his parents, naturally.