“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.”
Then he embraced the children and blessed them,
placing his hands on them. (Mark 10:13-16)
We often hear this type of passage read at baptisms, as we are reminded that Jesus invites the little ones to come to Him.
The message: Jesus wants us to hold onto the joy and exuberance of childhood.
Think about how, as children, we were so excited about life and saw each day as a new adventure. Think about how, as children, we were so accepting of others and so quick to forgive and forget. Think about how, as children, we were genuine…and loving…and pure.
Jesus has his arms extended and invites us to run to Him. He wants to be our best friend. He wants us to jump up and down with excitement and take His hand. He wants to be invited to come with us and be a part of what we are doing. He wants to be invited to share in our lives, to comfort us in our sorrow, and to share in our joy.
Wouldn’t it be great to feel like a kid again?