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Scripture — Matthew 21: 14-17

14 The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them. 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that he did, and heard the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became angry 16 and said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?”

Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, ‘Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise for yourself’?”

17 He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.


“Bertel Thorvaldsen, the great Danish sculptor, once carved a statue of Jesus.   He brought a little child to look at the statue and asked:  ‘Who do you think that is?’  The child answered:  ‘It is a great man.’  Thorvaldsen knew that he had failed;  so he scrapped his statue and began again.   Again when he finished, he brought the child and asked the same question.  The child smiled and answered:  ‘That is Jesus who said:  ‘Let the children come to me.’  Thorvaldsen knew that this time he had succeeded . . . The goodness which can meet the clear gaze of a child and stand the test of a child’s simplicity is goodness indeed.  It was only natural that the children should recognize Jesus when the scholars were blind.”

— William Barclay


Dear Lord,

Let us shout out our praise and acclamation for you with the unreserved zest of children.   Let us see afresh what you have done, and what you continue to do in our lives today.