I assist in a religious education class for second graders at my local church. As they are in second grade, they are preparing to take first communion and last winter took first reconciliation. In preparation for first communion, we taught them about adoration and thought it would be a good idea to have a mini-adoration with them. When we first told the children, they thought it was pretty cool but mostly were concerned about having to sit still quietly for 15 minutes.
There were a few children who were very excited. One in particular ran to his mom when she came to pick him up and showed her the picture of the monstrance and told her they were going to do adoration. On the day we had adoration, this child walked in and was jumping up and down with excitement exclaiming “We’re having adoration! We’re having adoration!”
After adoration, we talked to the children about their experiences. Most of the children enjoyed the experience but had found it hard to sit still and be quiet for that long. The previous child I had discussed had enjoyed it immensely. He said he was so peaceful when in adoration. We asked the children if they wanted to do adoration again and this child was the only one out of 15 children to say yes. Not only did he say yes, but he was jumping up and down again with excitement at the prospect of going to adoration again.
Seeing this child’s excitement reminded me about how I feel about the faith. Most of the time praying and going to mass are a struggle and more part of routine then anything else. His excitement to see Jesus during adoration made me excited to dive back into my faith. Jesus calls to us to be like children when we come to Him. He wants us to be like this child, so full of excitement to see Him and speak to Him that we can’t contain ourselves and are bouncing up and down.
We are currently in the season of lent which is the perfect time to rekindle our excitement for Jesus and for the faith. Was there ever a time the you were so excited about the faith that you were jumping up and down? Try to bring that excitement back into your faith life.
Jesus called the children to himself and said, “Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.”