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February 25, 2017

Today’s gospel:  Mark 10:13-16

Jesus loved the little children. “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them” (v.14b). Children have a special place in God’s heart, and that gives them a special place in God’s Kingdom. Jesus says, “for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (v.14c). But Jesus said more. “Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” (v.15).

Entrance into the Kingdom of God, ultimately heaven, is for those who are holy. In citing the little children, Jesus teaches us about holiness. It is to be childlike. What is a child like?

Children can be unruly and rebellious. And so are we. Children can be childish. And so can we. Children can be selfish. Sounds familiar. But children have very many important qualities, which point us to our own relationship to God as His children.

* They are helpless without their parents or outside help. Apart from God we can do nothing.

* They fight but do not hold grudges. We can be angry but should not sin. We do not let the sun set on our anger.

* They have no personal hidden agenda. We are called to self-denial. All is for the glory of God.

* They know nothing of pride or position. We count ourselves as nothing if not for the grace of God.

* They are obedient to their parents (after some hemming and hawing). We are to do the will of the Father.

Such a child, as we ought to be, is holy. Such is one who will enter the Kingdom of God. “Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.” (v.16).

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