Mark 10:13-14 People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was INDIGNANT. He said to them, let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as this.
Children…who are they to you? Are they just little people in our midst without a voice or do you see them as the extension of your future? Of course, for those of you who have children in your family, they are your name bearers, the branches in the family tree. But unfortunately, sometimes when we think about children as a part of the community or society as a whole, we tend to be less subjective.
Going back even in Jesus’ earthly ministry, his disciples too made the same mistake. After spending so much time with Jesus, they thought that they had it all figured out. Jesus had no business with THE LITTLE PEOPLE. With a full schedule of healing the sick, casting out the demons, raising the dead, calming the storms and whatever else his ministry entailed…they thought he didn’t need the presence of the LITTLE ONES. In any case, they knew that children can sometimes be nuisance and so they wanted to protect him. But they were wrong on this one…JESUS SAW THE NEEDS OF THE LITTLE ONES THE SAME WAY HE SAW THE NEEDS OF GROWN UPS but with one different. You see, Jesus was indignant…i.e he feel a righteous anger because he knew children unlike the adults have no voice. And HE WAS THERE TO BE THEIR VOICE. HIS LOVE FOR CHILDREN SHONE IN THAT STRANGE PLACE. Love shines brightest in the place of weakness!
For you as a Christian, when is the last time you felt indignant at the injustices faced by children in our society? Remember, you too were a child without a voice…and someone along the way was YOUR VOICE. How will you let the LOVE OF CHRIST SHINE IN A STRANGE PLACE? You have a choice.