The Gospel of Mark: a commentary & meditation 
"Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it"

Scripture: Mark 10:13-16

13 And they were bringing children to him, that he might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it he was indignant, and said to them, "Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.

Meditation: Do you seek to help others draw near to the Lord? The parents who brought their children to Jesus wanted Jesus to lay his hands upon them.  They knew of the healing power, both physical and spiritual, which came from Jesus' touch.  Jesus, in turn, rebuked his disciples for hindering the children from coming.  No doubt the disciples wanted to shield Jesus from the nuisance of noisy children.  But Jesus delighted in the children and demonstrated that God's love has ample room for everyone.  No one is unimportant to God.  He comes to each person individually that he might touch them with his healing love and power.  Do you show kindness to the youth you encounter in your neighborhood, home, and church and do you pray for them that they may grow in the knowledge and wisdom of Jesus Christ?

"Lord, may we never hinder our youth from coming to you to receive your blessing and healing power.  Make our youth strong in faith and character that they may follow you zealously.  And as we grow with age, may we never lose that child-like simplicity and humility which draws us into your loving presence."

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