“Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and to pray for them, but the disciples scolded the people.” (Mt 19: 13)
Meditation: To place one’s hand on someone’s head is a symbol of blessing. The bible, from the pages of genesis to revelation, is abundant with such beautiful unique pictures. In my pastoral life, one of the beautiful moments I most enjoyed was the moments of blessing the small children. Jesus also enjoyed it that is why he scolded his disciples who stopped the children coming to him. Earlier, in Indian Gurukula tradition, the children were sent to the Gurus in order that they learn morals and values and have the blessing of the Gurus. Gurus were not only imparting knowledge to the Syshyas but also helping them to have God experience. They considered Gurus as equal to God. Matha-Pitha-Guru-daivam (mother/father/teacher =God). When we fail to pass on this idea to our children in the early childhood itself, we are denying our children a moral and human life. The result is clearly evident from the contemporary Medias. Even parents, teachers, and religious are culprits. Children are not at all oriented toward God, the creator, but to the created things. They are not oriented at all to respect the eternal giver, but to adore the gifts of God. Therefore, it is not merely a question of parents bringing children to god, rather parents, teachers, and religious leaders first being with God. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of the knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Pro 1:7) Let us learn it better and bring our children to Him.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Today, with folded hands we are before you, Lord. We have many complaints at times about our children because of their wild behavior. But Lord, in order to correct our children rightly, let us be corrected by you first. We cannot give anything to anyone without having it. Amen!
Greetings: Take courage God is with you! Have a nice and blissful day…