The Little Ones
‘If any of you put a stumbling-block before one of these little ones who believe in me,* it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. Mark 9. 42-50
Yesterday I expected to have at least three little ones in Sunday school; the three I expected didn't show up, but 16 others did. And so we sat on the floor in the parish hall and reenacted the gospel story for the day - Jesus and the disciples and the storm and Jesus and Peter walking on water, until Peter doubted and sank. It was great fun. We had props like hats and a paddle and a life preserver. The children were from ages 4- 16, and I am sure they all thought I was crazy. In fact in conversation about Jesus walking on water, our special needs friend said, "That doesn't make any sense! How did he do that?"
When I read the passage above from the gospel appointed for today, I was reminded of why I do what I do trying to tell the gospel story in a way even children can understand. No matter how wonky it looks or how crazy they think I am, getting the message across about the counter cultural, unbelievable and outrageous love of God for all people is worth every ounce of ridicule and silliness.
Oh God let me not be a stumbling block before the little ones, but instead let me be a channel for your peace that passes all understanding! And keep me from doubting!