Love the Children
How do you act towards children? Are you kind and caring, joyful at the sight of a child? Or are you a person who has never appreciated the heart of a child, keeping far away from the one running around the room at family gatherings? Jesus shows us that it's important to welcome the little children in, for through a child, we see God's light shining through the world. Some people will deliberately turn around and glare at young families who have children that will talk or cry during the mass, which is completely uncalled for. It's no wonder we have so few young families coming to mass at this current time. Instead, maybe it'd be a nice gesture to offer a hand of aid to the parent, or a friendly smile, even a welcoming greeting after the mass thanking them for bringing their family. It's all about the love, as we celebrate Valentine's Day today, how about we extend our loving gestures to those who may need it most, especially when it comes to welcoming the children.
Today's Gospel states:'And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house, and would not have any one know it; yet he could not be hid. But immediately a woman, whose little daughter was possessed by an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell down at his feet. Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoeni'cian by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. And he said to her, "Let the children first be fed, for it is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." But she answered him, "Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs." And he said to her, "For this saying you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter." And she went home, and found the child lying in bed, and the demon gone' (Mark 7:24-30).
Today's reading talks about the children must first be fed, taking priority.Did you know that through children, we see God most because they have less reason to fear the world, and are completely open-minded? Jesus tells us to care for and support the children, for they are our main source to seeing God daily. We all need to take a little time to remember what it was like to be a child, trusting everyone, having a never-ending imagination. Think back to your early childhood memories of Valentine's Day for example, when you were so wild and excited about exchanging Valentine's cards in class, and going to a dance. Children have open hearts of love, and Jesus is telling us to appreciate this, and to try to go back to being a loving people that are inviting and trusting, just like a child. Take some time to pray for the children in our parishes, in all the world, that they may experience God's love.
Today we pray:
Thank You for showing me what it means to love. Help me to be open-minded and caring with the mind of a child, so that I can be more loving of others and more inviting when it comes to my faith. Help me to be an example of Your love that all the world can see.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.