VIEWING POINTSMarch 22, 2017
by Fr. Herb Weber
After Mass a child and her dad came up to say hello to me. I crouched down so I could talk to the little girl face to face. Looking up at the parents, I saw life from the vantage point of a small child. Parents – all adults – looked very big and tall. Like a wall, their very presence blocked my view of others in the room. I wanted to see more.
People have different points of view in looking at issues. But we also have different viewing points for seeing life. Once in a while we have to see people and things as others do.
We can’t truly put ourselves in the homes or experiences of everyone else. But if we are good at listening and paying attention, we can get a feel for what others go through.
Perhaps we all have to be closer to the floor once in a while. And maybe we have to be as concerned about the little ones as those who take care of them on a daily basis.
“Jesus, however, 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.’”