Lectionary – Proper 22

Lectionary – Proper 22

Embracing the children

“It makes good sense that the God who got everything started and keeps everything going now completes the work by making the Salvation Pioneer perfect through suffering as he leads all these people to glory. Since the One who saves and those who are saved have a common origin, Jesus doesn’t hesitate to treat them as family, saying, I’ll tell my good friends, my brothers and sisters, all I know about you; I’ll join them in worship and praise to you.” (Hebrews 2:10–12, The Message)

The Son of God calls us brothers and sisters. We have been adopted into God’s family, and we are brothers and sisters to each other. As God’s children, these verses from Hebrews helps us understand what Jesus says in Mark: “But Jesus was irate and let them know it:

“Don’t push these children away. Don’t ever get between them and me. These children are at the very center of life in the kingdom.” (Mark 10:14, The Message)

Jesus surrounded by children I always thought that these verses in Mark referred to little children, literally. Now I realize that this interpretation is from the perspective of an adult. However from God’s view age is not a determining factor. We all are children of God. Mark says that Jesus was irate because the “disciples shooed them off.” (The Message) Are we to think that as disciples we can keep children from the touch of Jesus. As the church, we would say no, we would never do anything like that. Yet we must be aware that sometimes ignore the needs of others who need the presence of God in their life.

In the time of Jesus, children were not the precious little ones that we, in our time, think of children. Many children in a family provided a family with an economic advantage. But as children, they held a low status. They were the excluded. They served the adult men. They ate with the women. They ate what was left over when the adult men finished eating. The disciples did not want the children to waste Jesus’ time.

The Kingdom of Heaven turns worldly standards upside down. The least will be first. The church is called to be a witness to the Good News that God’s children, no matter what their age, are never shooed away. Just like the Prodigal Son, the church, welcomes them home no matter what they have done or how they have failed.

“Then, gathering the children up in his arms, he laid his hands of blessing on them.” (Mk 10:16. The Message:)

Embrace all of God’s children they are your sisters and brothers.

Blessings Pastor Mick