Be As Little Children

Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple – truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward. Matthew 10:42

Dear Sisters and Brothers of St. David’s,

I pray your summer plans are starting to come together. This is a twist for me, communicating with adults. I usually plan what I’m going to say to our younger members during the Children’s Sermon.

I love listening to our children as we discuss the meaning of the Gospels. I cannot wait to hear them share with me what they think is meant by Sunday’s Gospel. I’m going to say to them on Sunday, “What does this mean? ‘Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward.’” Then I will ask, “what is the prophet’s reward?” I’m not sure I have an answer, so it is good I’m asking the questions.

Children have a special status for Jesus, as noted in today’s Gospel, and tells His disciples they have an important place in God’s Kingdom. You can also see this in Luke 18:17 where Jesus tells us, “Anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” During my Children’s Sermon when I ask the children what Jesus’ words mean in the Gospel, it is very intriguing to hear their thoughts. Sometimes they come up with ideas about Jesus’ message that never occurred to me. Their innocence allows them to speculate many possible scenarios. I think Jesus knew that since children do not necessarily have the experience we do; they do not limit to their vision of what is possible.

We, also, should not limit our thoughts about what is possible with Christ, particularly when it comes to what we can do. All things are possible with Christ. Next time you come to church, bring out your inner child and taste and see what Christ has for you. Have a great summer, my fellow children.

Peace be with you,

The Rev. Ken McCaslin