October 4, 2021

Mark 10:14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

What Jesus saw was the disciples rebuking those, presumably mothers, who had brought their children to Jesus to be blessed. What Jesus became was indignant. What does it mean to be indignant? https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indignant tells us it is, “feeling or showing anger because of something unjust or unworthy.” We become indignant about so many things in our time, sometimes rather petty things, that it seems a normal way of being. But for Jesus it was unusual. To have his own followers keeping the small and vulnerable away who wish to be blessed by him was more than he could let slide. On the occasion of World Communion, we pray that Jesus’ followers today don’t deserve such indignation for similar exclusions.

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