People were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.”
In what ways can you become more childlike? We are all children of God regardless of our age!
Children are amazing instruments of grace and love. They are the future of our Catholic Church. As parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. we have the responsibility to properly catechize our youth. We have a responsibility to protect them from harm as best we can. Yes, it's impossible for parents to completely shelter their children from evil in the world. However, parents can teach their kids good manners, kindness towards others, and a solid understanding of right from wrong. If we wish for the Catholic Church to thrive, we must make an effort to pass along the faith to our children. It's not easy. Sometimes our efforts fail. Our children may leave the faith. But, as long as we make the effort, Our Lord will bless us. We must never give up hope!
This meditation is written by Jennifer Burgin, a convert to Catholicism. Please visit her blog: Jennifer's Spectrum of Spirituality.