1. Children teach us about God’s love
3. Jesus welcomed and blessed children
In the Bible reading (Matthew 19.13-15) the disciples try to stop the children from bothering Jesus. Jesus rebukes them and gives us a wonderful teaching on what is required for entry into Heaven. Big surprise. It is not doing good works or faithful religious practice. What is required for being included in the invisible Heavenly Kingdom is the love and innocence of a child – like Harrison. Like many of us Harrison was baptized into a spiritual relationship with Jesus in this church. Parents are often shocked when I tell them that children who are baptized are now considered full members of the Anglican Church. Thirty years ago children had to wait until they had received instruction and were Confirmed before receiving the bread and wine during Communion. Parents think children do not understand what communion is about. I sometimes challenge them to tell me what it is that they know about communion that the child does not know. Often a light goes on in their heads as they begin to realize that the children may actually understand communion better than the adults. Children in fact pick it up right away – even babies. If you get the bread you are included! As we grow in spiritual knowledge we realize how wonderful it is to be a child of God and have eternal spiritual life. This is what we are about to celebrate in ‘The Eucharist’ – the celebration. The Eucharist re-connects us to our spiritual covenant relationship with Jesus. By saying ‘Amen’ and receiving or coming forward for a blessing we are personally re-connecting with a huge heavenly host - that now includes Harrison.