Spirituality of Children
“People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them, and when the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. Jesus, however, called the children to himself and said, ‘Let the children come to me and 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.’” Luke 18:15-17
The lesson centered on CARING. The children worked in little communities charged with the task, “List people who care for you,” and write or draw “how they show they care. Yes, parents, grandparents, siblings and extended family members were listed by name. The children also included teachers, doctors and nurses, first responders. Their sharing lead us into the heart of the lesson, Jesus as a model of love and goodness. How can we follow Jesus’ example of love by showing others that we care?
Each week at SCORE our goal is to help the children foster their relationship with Jesus. We have prayed together, listened to guided meditations, talked about Gospel stories, and shared faith. This past Sunday, we reflected upon “what would our Jesus look like.” One of the boys enthusiastically responded, “I am going home and drawing Jesus.” It is in the personal relationship with Jesus that the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist become meaningful and transformative. For the children, they’re articulating their experience of Jesus who cares and loves each one of them so tenderly.