January 22: Let the Children Come

January 22: Luke 18:15-17

"But Jesus called for them and said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs." 

Where does the tendency come from to consider the thoughts and actions of children as less valuable than those of adults? Is it because they don't know as much about the world? Is it that they don't have jobs within the economy? Or that they are physically smaller? 

Obviously in many situations, children need to be guided; they lack the experience and know-how to make good decisions about many things. And yet, anyone who has taken the time to work with children, to listen to them, and to play with them will quickly learn that they have so much to teach us about things we too easily forget when we get older. They know that the world is full of new and interesting things, that imagination matters, that fun and playfulness should not be easily brushed aside for business.

We forget things as we age. We become jaded and callous in many ways. This moment in the gospels in which Jesus welcomes the children is profound. Others thought that they would detract from Jesus' message. But Jesus pointed out that his message was precisely that we need to embrace the world like children of God.