A Child Is Number One

Around the year 1450 AD, someone jotted down a saying that has come down to us as “Children should be seen and not heard.” Not very nice! Actually, when we think of the young people in the Bible like Samuel, it should be the other way around: “Children should be seen and heard!”

For Jesus, a child is “number one.” Parents knew that, as they made their way through the crowds so that Jesus might bless them with a hug. So important were children to Jesus that he said that everyone needed to become like a child in order to enter the Kingdom of God.

The second part of today’s reading is about a rich young man who wanted the happiness that Jesus had to offer. This story can change the way you think.

Matthew 19:13-30

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.‘s Commentary.

In Year A, we continue to read from the Gospel of St. Matthew.

These Firestarters are for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.

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