Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Children

Some people brought children to Jesus for Him to place His Hands on them and pray. But the apostles scolded those people. Jesus said: ‘Let the children come to Me. Do not stop them, because the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.’ He placed His Hands on them …” (Mathew 19:13-15)

Thus narrates the Gospel of life according to St. Mathew. Plainly and clearly said, the above cited passage exalts children, affirms the love of Jesus Himself for children, and proclaims children as the heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven. In other words, children have a special place in the Gospel of Life, have the distinct care of Jesus and have too an assured heavenly destiny hereafter and beyond.

It is worth asking: In the big wide world, is there any reality more dear and endearing than a child? Is there any jewel really more precious than a child? Innocence and trust, worry-free and light-heartedness, genuine cries and smiles—can these enviable attributions be found elsewhere than in the face and eyes of a child? And come to think of it, what and how would be the world be without children?

The right to be born, the right to life, the right to be cared for, the right to be nurtured and safeguarded, the right to be informed and formed, the right to become not only a member of the family but also a constituent of society, the right to be heard and respected—all these and more belong to every child. And all these do not merely make a beautiful poetry but forward a composite fundamental truth and cardinal reality.

There is a wise and realistic saying: “For those who believe, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.” This maxim acquires a distinct relevance in the country during these specially trying times. Reasons: Among other socio-ethical errant thoughts and advocacies, there is the concerted move to deny the right to be born, the right to be a child. What is truly distressing about this legally and morally questionable stance is that it is avidly defended and ardently promoted by those already long since born.

If such an anti-child posture is upright, then: Christ would be wrong in welcoming and blessing and praying over children! And this would be blasphemous—to say the least!


OVCRUZ, JCD

1 June 2011