Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen

downloadAgain today Jesus tells us we are to be like children. There’s a ton of reasons why, but I want to focus on three. First, in our first reading, we see a vision that includes kids playing in the streets. It is a vision that comes in the midst of a destroyed city; and that vision offers hope. We are meant to be playful like that, to be signs of hope, to not be serious all the time. There is something about being a Christian that ought to instill in our spirits an eternal youthfulness. Second, kids love God instinctually. You ought to see those kids in the school when I walk in that school everyday, and it’s because I’m a priest. They love what I represent: God. The third thing is that kids walk in the footsteps of others a lot better than we adults. Today’s the feast of King Wenceslas, who is famous for having made a journey through the snow to give alms to the poor on the feast of Stephen, the day after Christmas. You know the song. Others followed him that day and, legend has it, would have died had it not been for the physical footsteps of Wenceslas. We are meant to follow in the footsteps of Christ the King, and kids do it better than we do. So let’s be more childlike in those ways: in being more playful, in loving God more sincerely and instinctually, and in following in God’s footsteps.