One of the most engaging and thought-provoking (and challenging) invitation passages we have is found in Mark’s Gospel, chapter 10. It involves an invitation for children to come to Jesus, and an exhortation not to hinder, and indeed to help, in their coming. But in case we might be tempted to think this is an invitation just to a certain age demographic, Jesus reminds us that we are all to receive the kingdom of God in a manner pictured by the way in which children receive Jesus as they come to him. Sometimes we make it so complicated. Mark 10:13-16:
13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.