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What do you think is one of the greatest joys that a child can experience? Think of all the toys that we have given our children over the years; our experience is that a child’s joy from having a toy is so fleeting that they move on to wanting and begging for another toy -- (and don’t we, adults, do that too?) Have you ever pondered that perhaps pointing or introducing a child to Jesus would bring lasting and the greatest joy in the child’s life?
Some parents told me they took their child to the Perpetual Adoration Chapel on a regular basis. They taught him to come to the chapel to speak to Jesus whenever he was having a difficult time or needed guidance. Throughout high school, their son came to the chapel on his own to speak to Jesus about challenges and the stress he was facing. You know the saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
In our First Reading, Eli taught the young Samuel to pay attention in the silence of the night and be ready to respond to God with, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”
We know we cannot give what we do not have. Do our children ever see us on our knees seeking guidance from Jesus? Do we know Jesus well enough personally to introduce Jesus to others? In this new year, what can we do to be a better disciple of Jesus as were John the Baptist and Andrew?