Scripture: Mark 9:30-41
Key verses: (30-32, 35-37) 30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” 32 But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
35He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”
Reflection: There seems to be something special about what you can learn about God from little children. Have you ever noticed how a child looks at the world as if everything holds a secret? They look at every part of creation and each person in the world with awe and wonder. Children see beauty and when they do not have words, they engage with what they have. They lean their head or blink their eyes. Children let you know that they see you and that you matter in their world.
If we welcome the children our culture will change. You cannot help but kneel down and play for a bit. This week at a conference, we had a few babies in the room. We decided every conference should have babies. At the back of the room, there were adults crawling on the floor, making faces, not taking themselves too seriously. When the mom needed to eat, another offered to help out. We saw hospitality, compassion and family forming in the room.
With children, we put up our computers and our cell phones and we notice the small things. The patterns and colors in a shell you thought were just white, a scar long forgotten and the conversation that can happen between two people without any words.
Jesus had children in his circles. Among the crowds and in this passage when he called the twelve together. I wonder if they stopped for a minute to just breathe and notice God in their midst. Jesus was still with them and yet they needed to be reminded again and again. We too need to be reminded of the resurrected Christ who lives and moves among us.
Stop and breathe today and with the eyes of a child look at the world, seeing God in our midst.
Prayer: Holy One, move among us and within us as you do each and every day. Open our eyes and hearts to receive all you have to offer. Open our minds to know you. In the name of your son, Jesus we pray. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].