A Child’s Source of Joy

February 25, 2017
Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Mark 10:13-16

People were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them,
but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
“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.

REFLECTION (Sem. Maximilian B. Estayo)

“Let the children come to me….”

My niece Angel, when she was about one or two years old and learning to walk for the first time, always wanted to join us in our trips. One day, we were about to leave home when she wailed wildly wishing for us to tag her along.
We took her little hands and guided her as she walked with us to the road to get transportation. How she shrieked with joy! She did not know where we were going, or whether we would really bring her with us to our travel. But that all it mattered to her was that very moment, when we, her loved ones, were holding her hands gently and lovingly helping her in her steps.

I could not forget that scene, which is to me the most striking symbol of a child’s source of joy – her family. With us around, Angel felt safe and secure. There was nothing else that she cared for. She trusted us so much that she willingly walked with us wherever we would go. For every child, this is likely the same story.
So, it is not hard to understand Jesus’ preference for children, extolling them as the greatest in the kingdom. They do not ask questions or raise a complaint; they just obey. They trust in their elders. They find joy in their company.

Obviously these are some of the values that are likeable among children. And how wonderful indeed if such values are to be seen in adults! I feel safe with God. I trust him so much that I have let go of everything I have to follow to follow Him. Yet, there are times when I feel low and discouraged. The children’s simplicity will remind me to always go back to my source of joy so I can continue with my journey.

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