Matthew 19:13-15 NRSVue
13Then 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 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.
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Some thoughts on this scripture
In this passage, children are taken as representing those whom the world considers unimportant; similarly the parable of the lost sheep (Matthew 18:12-14) teaches that the least of all in the eyes of the world is as important as the greatest of all in the eyes of Jesus. This reminds us that the weaker people are, the more they require our care and concern.
Let us pray today that we may deepen our respect for those whom the world holds in low esteem.
Recent surprising research has shown that women are attracted to men who are fond of children, and moreover can tell who is and who is not fond of children just by looking at their faces. However they did it, mothers saw this quality in Jesus. In return he gave children what they needed: attention and stroking. He is unique among ancient religious and philosophical teachers in recognising children as significant. Can I discover why?