Lenten Devotional: April 6 | Mark 10:1-16

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 | Mark 10:1-16

Nicole Starr

Buried in the middle of two controversial stories are three of the most well-known verses in Mark’s Gospel.  When Jesus learns that the disciples are turning children away from receiving his blessing, Jesus chastises the disciples, saying, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” (Mk 10.14 NRSV).  It is the next verse, however, that is the most famous — “Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it” (Mk 10.15).  

Because I grew up outside of the church, I remember the first time I heard the last verse.  I also suspect my initial reaction was much the same as Jesus’ first hearers. I was absolutely bewildered by it. After all, what does a child have that an adult does not? Until I became an aunt, I could not answer that question. Now, I know there is something amazingly wondrous and unique about how children love and trust.  I suspect you know and have experienced this as well.  Imagine, if we, as adults, approached God with the same posture.

In this Lenten season, I invite you to approach God like a child, as one filled with love and with the trust and expectation that God is at work in your life.  

Nicole Starr is a seminary intern.  She serves as a lector, usher, and acolyte as well as on the altar guild.