This morning the Gospel speaks about those who come to Christ with faith like a child, for the kingdom of God belongs to those who approach God and Christ in full confidence and trust….as children do. Somewhere along the way we grow away from that. Perhaps some fortunate few never experience this distance from Christ, but most of us will at some point; a broken heart, a person we love dearly who disappoints or even hurts us, justice seemingly neglected, doubts, hypocrisy, what have you…..a million different ways. The good news is when we return to Christ we are that much richer in our relationship with him as we look back and see exactly where His hand was mightily present in our lives during our time away from Him.
We have a son in that time away from God right now. Doing his own thing. It is a painful season to be in, I won’t lie. We’ve second guessed ourselves and had pointless arguments that go nowhere and leave us all frustrated. We are at the point where he will attend Mass when we request and we have let go to let God do His thing. As painful as it is, I have every assurance that we have planted that seed and watered it. That seed has benefited from Christ in action through friends and family. We continue to pray for him and each and every Mass is offered up in our hearts for the faith of our son and all our children. God’s timing is perfect and I trust fully that He has this situation entirely in His hands. Faith of a child.
A friend of ours at church asked us to join in an anointing of the sick in the chapel after Mass for a woman at church. She is a Eucharistic minister and her boys are similar in age to our own. She has a tumor and our retired priest was going to be doing the anointing. We don’t know her personally, but the parallels in their marriage and family to ours are similar and there was every reason to be present. About 40 people were present, every person connected by a hand, all leading to her throughout the prayers and the anointing. It was incredibly powerful and touching. All these people, together, in total trust and faith that God has this situation in his hands. Not a dry eye. I spoke to her briefly after the anointing and she stated it was the first time she had been pain free during the anointing. Faith of a child.
God is present. Every day. Everywhere. When we approach him in the same mannerism and trust as a child, we, too can experience the tangibility of the Holy Spirit. Let us all aspire to live with faith like a child, especially in times of adversity.
Mark 10: 13-16
And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them,
but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
“Let the children come to me;
do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to
such as these.
Amen, I say to you,
whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child
will not enter it.”
Then he embraced them and blessed them,
placing his hands on them.