Jesus called those who would follow him “infants.” Compared to the Scribes and Pharisees they lacked social standing and religious expertise, but these infants were open to understanding. It was the “wise” who were prevented from hearing Jesus’ message because they were arrogant about their position and knowledge. Jesus offered his followers a lighter burden than that of the Jewish teachers.
Reflection for Families
By the nature of parenting, we often find ourselves in positions of authority, power, and just being the person who “knows” the answer. But how many times do we learn from our children? They express their understandings of abstract ideas in such simple terms. Pay close attention to your children this week and be quick to point out when they have taught you something or helped you see an old idea in a new way.
Bringing the Gospel Into Your Family
Share a human interest story from the local newspaper. With the whole family try to determine how the people in the story either understood today’s Gospel as they simply acted as a child of God or how they received help from a child of God. Try to recall a time when your family had such an experience.
- The best example of a child’s simplistic understanding of the Good News was when . . .
- One way outsiders see Christ in our family is when . . .
- There are certain times to be meek and humble like Jesus. One of those times is when . . .