Posted by: vftmom247 | 2013/08/18

Impulse – let the children come to me.

Saturday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Gospel: Matthew 19:13-15

Blessing of the Children.

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” After he placed his hands on them, he went away.

Impulse:

Let the children come to me. (Mt 19:14)

We have a mission to bring the children to Jesus. Pope Francis repeatedly stresses the concern of the Church for the poor and weak. This include the kids. They are the weakest link in society. Children cannot defend themselves, they are at the mercy of us adults. Many people received most of the injuries of their life, and the most serious, in their childhood, because they were still weak and defenseless as children. Therefore, it is very important to bring children to Jesus very early, and, above all, not to prevent them from coming to him.

Let the children come to me.

I remember a mother who prayed with her child immediately after he was injured. She led her child to forgive in the name of Jesus and to pray for those who caused the injury. Thus, the child at an early age has learned what it means to receive inner healing through Jesus.

Let the children come to me.

The society and the media prevent children from coming to Jesus. Therefore we must strive in particular to fight against these negative influences. In the Gospel of Mark (MK 10:14) we hear that Jesus was annoyed on this particular occasion. This shows that he is battling against something. You can’t take that lightly. Elsewhere, Jesus also says that the violent are taking it (the Kingdom of heaven) by force (Mt 11:12). In other words: You must sometimes use violence, particularly if it applies to protecting the weak.

Let the children come to me.

This actually is a decision each family must make for themselves. I know families who consciously abandoned TV, to protect their children. Surely you should make a special effort to enable the children to have a good approach to faith. Sometimes a Catholic kindergarten helps, and there are also Catholic schools that support religious instruction. Also, in the communities we must strive to create a children’s and youth program which allows the children to grow into the faith. Unfortunately, the importance of this is not recognized by even the most Catholic parents. Many believe that it is enough if the children are occasionally active in the Mass as an altar server. If there are efforts to have genuine Christian children’s and youth programs in the community, all Catholic parents should support these efforts. Unfortunately, this is not the case very often. A Catholic upbringing is not so much on the parents’ heart. Over the flow of time, the children are left to their own fate regarding growth in their faith.

Let the children come to me.

Let’s try to make it better! Let’s support the Church Youth Ministry! Let us pray with our children – not only when they are very young! Let’s get together as a family on the way to growing in faith!

LifeTeen DE
(Originates with our parish priest)

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