The Church of St Peter and St Paul

                        Thought for the week

                         26 May 2024 - Growing Our Faith

People were bringing children to Jesus 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.” Mark 10:13–14

As I write, I am in Pamplona, Spain. My family is gathering for my cousin’s wedding.  As we all sit around catching up on our lives, the children connect and play in an unfiltered way. Simplicity, trust, purity of intent, transparency, and resiliency are all qualities that children often have by nature. They are quick to forgive and reconcile when conflicts arise. And they have an unwavering confidence in the care of their parents. These are among the qualities that we need to imitate in our relationship with God.

It seems that as we mature and as our reason develops, we can lose some of the important qualities we had as children. But when it comes to our relationships with our loving God, we must never lose the important childlike qualities that lead us to be completely trusting and dependent upon God’s care and providence.

Children are also vulnerable in the sense that they are not able to care for themselves. They rely completely upon the care of others, especially parents. For that reason, a child is an ideal image of how we must approach God.

We must see our vulnerability and dependence. We must know that we are incapable of caring for ourselves. And though we may achieve a certain independence as we mature, being able to provide for ourselves materially, we will never be able to provide for the spiritual needs we have. For our spiritual needs, we rely on God. Remember, at our core, we are spiritual beings who long for true spiritual nourishment. Material satisfactions that we can obtain by ourselves will never suffice to fulfil us at the deepest level of who we are.

Think about your own approach to life. Do you seek to find fulfilment and satisfaction in life through your own efforts? Have you attempted to take complete control of your present and future happiness? Though it is essential that we act responsibly in life, it must be understood that the most responsible way we can act is by wilfully turning over complete control of our lives to God’s providence and care. As a child depends upon a parent, so we must depend upon the grace of God.

Think about a child, and how it is dependent upon others. As you do, see yourself similarly as one who must become completely dependent upon God for all that is important in life and for all that ultimately fulfils who you are. Trust in God’s providence and mercy and allow that childlike trust to place you firmly in the arms of your Father in Heaven.

Bendiciones de Dios

God’s blessings