Jesus told his disciples that “whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me” (Mark 9:37). How often do we think of “receiving Jesus” in this way? Do we welcome the children in our lives? Do we really think they can bring God to us?
As a youth minister and a father I spend lots of time with children, but I wonder if I’ve ever really let them bring Jesus to me. Most of the time I think I’m bringing Jesus to them. I need to seriously look and listen for the ways Jesus comes to me through the youth if I ever hope to serve them as I’m called to do. Hopefully this Easter season will provide me with the grace I need.