Faith Daily | 14 August 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - PENTECOST APBA p570
Grant to us, Lord, we beseech you,
the spirit to think and do always such things as are right,
that we, who cannot do anything that is good without you,
may by you be enabled to live according to your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 19: 13-15
13Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; 14but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” 15And he laid his hands on them and went on his way.
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: : Rev’d Graham
“Righto, kids, today we are going to learn more about God, so sit down, sit up, shut up and listen.”
And how many kids who heard those or similar words followed it up by growing in their faith, knowing God, or are now part of worshipping communities? I have no doubt that a number of them did not, and quite possibly became parents who did not feel the need to encourage their children in a belief in a god, particularly a God of love.
As I read today’s passage, it seems to me that even in Jesus’ days there were those who believed that children should be seen and not heard. This is one of the many occasions where Jesus upsets the accepted cultural order by demonstrating with words and/or actions to show what God’s love and acceptance is all about. It appears that even here some of his followers were set in their thinking, and had to review their mindsets in order to be the welcomers that they and we are called to be.
I am one who values the tradition and liturgy of our part of the Christian faith, and certainly have had to step outside my comfort zone. I also know how important it is that all people – young, middle-aged, and old – are welcomed warmly into our Christian communities, and have a loving desire to put this into practice. We, in this part of God’s kingdom, can be thankful for the Christlike example of our leaders, and for the many ways that open hands and hearts are shown to both strangers and members alike.
May we all do everything to encourage others – young or old – to know that the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
FINAL PRAYER: – For Children [Rev’d Sandra]
As a parent you are the perfect example of love
and how it gives.
You gave your one and only Son
because you love the world.
The depth of your love cannot be measured.
Help us all to show every child
just how much they are loved by you.
May each and every opportunity
to share your love be embraced in Jesus’ name. Amen.