Jesus Blesses The Children

Bible Event – Jesus’ Life

What makes people appear so happy when children approach?

Is it their infectious smile, laughter, innocence or unconditional love? Perhaps, it’s their willingness to trust, talk and share! Maybe, it’s all of these or something else that’s uniquely special!

Sculpture of Jesus surrounded by children.

The disciples once tried to prevent people from bringing their children to Jesus. They wanted Jesus to meet them, maybe lay His hands on them, bless them or pray for them.

Jesus rebuked his disciples saying, “Do not try to stop them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these”.

Parents have a special relationship with their children. They dream of the many possible ways to protect and support their growth and they pray that they will be safe and lead good lives. Having their child receive a special blessing from God, through a Priest, remains a top priority for many; God’s grace matters. (Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 10:13-16, Luke 18:15-17)

Thought

Three ways to love, like a child:

– Trust, do not dither
– Share, do not pretend
– Enjoy, do not complain

Reflection

Lord Jesus, show me how to guide the lives of little children, through what I say, the work that I do and the life I live. Amen.

Prayer: Day by Day (St Richard of Chichester)

Praise be to Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.
O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
May, we see you more clearly,
Love you more dearly,
and follow You more nearly.
Day by day. Amen.