"Let the children come to me…"

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Gospel Mt 19:13-15

Children were brought to Jesus
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.

Is it surprising that Jesus held children in high esteem? They approached him with an open mind and listened to his teachings. Their dependency on their parents was how Jesus taught his disciples to depend on God; as the children belonged to their parents, so too did the disciples belong to God. As children learn from their parents, so too do the disciples learn from God.Children were young enough not to pick up the habits of adults and their fearless innocence allowed them to challenge conventions, with that innocence protecting them from a harsh rebuttal an elder might get for the same question; they could get away with that repeatedly irritating question “but why?”

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