“The disciples turned them away, but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children alone, and do not stop them coming to me; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”

Matthew 19:13-15

Jesus reminds us to be welcoming and accepting of others, especially those that we consider the least. Jesus welcomed the children, even though the disciples saw them as a nuance. The children and the poor were considered the least in society.

Do we restrict others from knowing Jesus? Jesus teaches us that we need to be more childlike in our faith. Little children can teach us so much, their curiosity, their openness and simplicity, and their need to depend and trust that someone will provide for them. Jesus always accepts and welcomes us in his presence; let us do the same for others to build the kingdom of heaven.