BLESSING THE CHILDREN

MUSINGS – November 05, 2018

BLESSING THE CHILDREN

Mark 10:13-16
Some people brought little children to Jesus to have him hold them. But the disciples told the people not to do that. When Jesus saw this, he became irritated. He told them, “Don’t stop the children from coming to me. Children like these are part of the kingdom of God. I can guarantee this truth: Whoever doesn’t receive the kingdom of God as a little child receives it will never enter it.” Jesus put his arms around the children and blessed them by placing his hands on them.

Every year from the first part of November through Christmas Eve I wear the red suit and embody the spirit of Saint Nicholas.* I know that many people think that Santa Claus has replaced Jesus as the reason for the season. I think that Santa is just another symbol that points to Christ.

The Christmas tree symbols life during the dead of winter and its share points heavenward. It is topped by a star of Bethlehem or an angel who announced the savior’s birth. Even Santa’s red robes are symbols of bishops robes.

People bring their children to me hold much like they brought them to Jesus. I pray that the light of Christ will shine in me that others may see. I also pray a silent prayer for the children and families that come to me. And they are a blessing to me.

*The real St. Nicholas was a Bishop who lived in the fourth century in a place called Myra in Asia Minor (now called Turkey). He was a very rich man because his parents died when he was young and left him a lot of money. He was also a very kind man and had a reputation for helping the poor and giving secret gifts to people who needed it.

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