The clueless disciples of Mark’s narrative often get a bad rap. They were just trying to make sure that the adults could hear Jesus. They didn’t want any crying babies or giggling three-year-olds disrupting their leader. And instead of thanking them for their efforts, Jesus barked at them!
He was displeased and annoyed. He was irritated and offended. He was appalled his own disciples sought to keep the children away from him. Jesus was indignant!
The extravagant love of God is for everyone: brown or pink, men, women, gay, straight, middle-aged or old-aged, the bully and bullied, the contemplative, crotchety, or bubbly, girls and boys, and babies, too. And Jesus is angry when we keep others away from his extravagant, unconditional, love.
God of All, give us an unquenchable desire to dismantle the stumbling blocks to you. Help us to love and educate your children that they might read your word, feel your healing caress, and follow your luring to be the human beings you created them to be. Amen.
Rev. Tim Graves
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)