Saturday: 8th June, 2019

Reference text:John 21:20-25

John 21:23 So a report spread among the followers of Jesus that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say he would not die; he said, “If I want him to live until I come, what is that to you?”

Unless defined otherwise according to the specific laws of a country, the United Nation’s convention on the Rights of a child defined a child as ‘anyone below the age of 18’. For the purposes of this discourse, let’s go with this. In a very recent training session, these question emerged: ‘should parents or guardians make their children aware of every difficult situation going on in the home?
Do children have to be informed about things like an increasing debt or of a really sick relative?

While answers may vary, the current society we live in is designed to protect children on many fronts: physically, emotionally, socially, psychologically and so on. Therefore, there is a notion that the less they know, the better it will be for them, hence white lies and pseudo-truths are used.

However, we often forget that ‘children are children’, and wherever there are gaps or missing links in the information they receive, they fill them in with what they deem closest to the truth. In the Gospel text, something similar occurs among the disciples who who went away with a rumour of what they ‘thought’ Jesus meant, and it was quite far from what was spoken to them. Yet, they went with the flow and lived with an understanding much different from what was intended.

We only have to begin to think about what we do ourselves: do we make effort to go with the exact content of the information we receive or do we put our own spin on it to create an alternative message that suits us? Beloved, misunderstanding a message can cause a lot of inconveniences, including feelings of distrust and even betrayal; so don’t just run with any story, get your facts straight first.


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