THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE CALL TO HOLINESS
LIKE A CHILD
Today’s gospel: Mark 10:13-16
Jesus loved the little children. “Let the children come
to me; do not prevent them” (v.14b). Children have a
special place in God’s heart, and that gives them a
special place in God’s Kingdom. Jesus says, “for
the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (v.14c).
But Jesus said more. “Amen, I say to you, whoever does
not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter
into the Kingdom of God, ultimately heaven, is for those who
are holy. In citing the little children, Jesus teaches us
about holiness. It is to be childlike. What is a child like?
can be unruly and rebellious. And so are we. Children can
be childish. And so can we. Children can be selfish. Sounds
familiar. But children have very many important qualities,
which point us to our own relationship to God as His children.
are helpless without their parents or outside help. Apart
from God we can do nothing.
fight but do not hold grudges. We can be angry but should
not sin. We do not let the sun set on our anger.
have no personal hidden agenda. We are called to self-denial.
All is for the glory of God.
know nothing of pride or position. We count ourselves as
nothing if not for the grace of God.
are obedient to their parents (after some hemming and hawing).
We are to do the will of the Father.
Such a child, as we ought to be, is holy. Such is one who
will enter the Kingdom of God. “Then he embraced them
and blessed them, placing his hands on them.” (v.16).