27 Sunday in ordinary time ‘b’
Children don’t always know how to behave in church or other public places. I see every so often that the parent is embarrassed by a child who is misbehaving at church. Kids don’t always know how to whisper, and they are always very honest. So sometimes they say quite loudly some inappropriate things. They may run around, cry, scream and disturbs others. I have had some angry parishioners coming to me complaining that a child was so loud that she or he couldn’t pray. But as you know, it is hard to control the little children. Well, it seems like the children bothered Jesus’ disciples too. We read today: “people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.” Why would they rebuke them? We don’t know. Maybe they thought that only adults should have access to Jesus. Jesus is only for adults and serious people. But not really. Instead, Jesus said: “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Well, maybe next time you hear a crying baby in your church, or a screaming or misbehaving child, instead of getting angry inside, pray for that child, and ask Jesus to place Hands on them. They are the future of our church; we need them in our midst.