In Matthew 19 the disciples were trying to keep the little children away from Jesus. The disciples didn’t want Jesus distracted with little people outside his generation. Jesus reaction is recorded in Matthew 19:14
Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.
It is possible, today, for a middle-aged office worker to go to sleep on a Friday having interacted all week with not one person more than a decade older or younger; the same could well be true for her daughter in college, or her parents living at Pleasant Oaks Village. According to one study, Americans over 60 said that only a quarter of the people they had discussed “important matters” with during a six-month period were younger than 36; if they didn’t count relatives, the number dropped to an astonishing 6 percent.
The Church is probably the last place in the United States where young and old might actually interact with each other. And what do we do? We try to follow the world’s example and leave the interaction to the “professionals:” pastor, youth pastor, Sunday School teachers, etc.
So what happens when we mix across age/generational lines. We share faith with one another. We share life with one another. We share Jesus with one another:
Studies have shown that seniors in retirement homes benefit when they spend time reading to children and playing with them, while young people are given the chance to absorb wisdom and life experience.
I encourage you to read the whole article. There is a place for us to interact with peers of our own age and life experience. But God’s Kingdom calls us to break through the barriers that separate us.
God has given each of us gifts in the Communion of Saints. You are a Saint in God’s Kingdom no matter what generation you belong. The person from another generation is also a Saint in God’s Kingdom. Go meet a Saint today.