Does God Call Kids?

Post Date: January 31, 2022
Author: Sacred Heart Blog

A Reflection on the Readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 6, 2022

Reading I: Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8
Responsorial Psalm: 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-8
Reading II: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 or 15:3-8, 11
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11

Each Sunday evening, Wally and I gather our kids into the living room for family prayer. (Please don’t imagine anything too virtuous; “family prayer time” means kids bouncing on couch cushions, tug-a-war blankets, scraping candle wax from the coffee table, and arguments over who had which prayer book last week so who leads today so whose turn is next week and next week and the next week.)

Last Sunday, we asked the kids to reflect on the Scripture readings for Mass this week. 

“It seems like God keeps calling people,” they said: Isaiah in the Old Testament, kings in the Psalms, St. Paul and the Corinthians, and Simon Peter and the apostles in Luke’s Gospel. 

Does God still call people, or was that just in Bible times?

“Sure,” said our oldest. “Like priests and religious are called.”

“Or like that saint from that book who was called to be a missionary!” (Our 10-year-old was referencing Saints Around the World, an extraordinary collection of diverse saint stories with kid-friendly language and brilliant pictures.)

Another kid said Isaiah’s vision in the Old Testament reminded him of God’s dreams for St. Patrick that showed him how to escape slavery in Ireland and then called him back to Ireland as a missionary. (Adventures in Odyssey has a captivating kids’ radio drama on St. Patrick’s life.)

What about kids though? Does God call kids?

It was our youngest who spoke up: “Jesus called the children to come to him. He told the disciples to let them come.”

What a reckoning. The same God who calls priests and religious and missionaries and saints also calls children. And He doesn’t gather them into hugs and blessings for the potential good they might someday promise — calls to religious life or family life or missionary life. Jesus loves each child just as He encounters them, pushed forward in the curious crowds, even as his own disciples try to hold them back.

What does that mean, for little children to come to Jesus? 

Praying and talking to God… going to Mass… receiving Communion… reading the Bible… loving others… listening to what He’s saying… Each kid had a different idea of how God was calling them closer today. 

Wally shared some final thoughts, reflecting on Jesus’ directions for Simon Peter to “put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch” – Luke 5:4. Simon basically answers, “We’ve done that already, and it didn’t work.” Have you ever felt like shouting that to God? Lord, I am tired!

Sometimes, life seems like doing the same thing over and over again with no results. It gets old. Simon Peter had already cleaned his nets and was done. But just because Jesus asked, Simon rows back out on the lake and lowers the nets again. And this time, he catches so many fish the nets began to tear, and he needs help from a second boat to bring in the catch. (At this point, our family evening devolved into a raucous, child-led round of “I will make you fishers of men, fishers of men, fishers of men… …if you follow me.”)

However, God is calling each of us closer this week, adults or kids, may our hearts be open.

Authors: The Bader Family: Wally, Charlene, Joseph (12), Joshua (10), David (7), Jonathan (7), Andrew (5)

Recent Posts

To Forgive or Not Forgive

To Forgive or Not Forgive

A Reflection on the Readings for the 24thSunday in Ordinary Time, September 17, 2023 First Reading: SIR 27:30—28:7 Responsorial Psalm: PS 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12 Second Reading: ROM 14:7-9 Gospel: MT 18:21-35 Our gospel passage this week directly follows last...

Miracle of Life – Weeks 31st to 34th

Miracle of Life – Weeks 31st to 34th

Just as you do not know how the life breath enters the human frame in the mother’s womb, So you do not know the work of God, who is working in everything. - Ecclesiastes 11:5 Though we have spent weeks studying the intricate details of the weeks of pregnancy, there...

Monica’s Praise Report 8-23-23

Monica’s Praise Report 8-23-23

Praise be Jesus Christ!  Praise be His Holy name. May God be praised now and always, for He is God and wonderful is He and worthy to be praised. Thank You God for your providence. Thank You for your guidance and teachings. Thank You for your involvement in our lives....

Who do you say that I am?

Who do you say that I am?

He said to them, "but who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father." -...

The Prayers God Always Answers

The Prayers God Always Answers

When I was a child, my mother bought a book called “The Prayers God Will Always Answer.” I remember my anticipation as I cracked the spine and turned to the first page. I had been spending a lot of time asking God — begging God, actually — over and over again for some...

The Choice of Stewardship

The Choice of Stewardship

What does it mean to be a good steward? Does it mean to be an active parishioner, or something more? Are we better stewards because we give more in terms of our money and time to our parish, or are we called to do even more than that? The truth is that stewardship is...

Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture

Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture

August 27, 2023 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Isn’t it a bit weird that Catholics call the Pope “papa,” father? This Sunday provides us with essential Scriptural background on the papacy, the petrine office. Jesus gives Peter the “keys to the kingdom of heaven,” after...

God and the Good Strong Wind

God and the Good Strong Wind

My only real memory of the Mackinac Island ferry was the physical sensation of the wind against my face. I remember, distinctly, that it hurt. It surprised and confused me because wind had never felt painful before. Looking back now, I realize that it wasn’t just the...

Miracle of Life – Weeks 27th to 30th

Miracle of Life – Weeks 27th to 30th

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. - Psalm 127:3 Children are a gift. They turn young women and men into mothers and fathers. They push us to see life differently, to focus on what matters and to seek for the things eternal in a search...

He is Calling

He is Calling

A Reflection on the Gospel for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 13, 2023 Gospel: Mt 14:22-33 A man at my parish was struggling to overcome a habitual sin. He said to me, “Father, I know the chance that I will commit sin again is really high. Why should I keep...

Local Angels

(Our Sponsors)

For more information on how to showcase your business and sponsor this site, please send us an email.

Only 6 2 spots available, first come first served! One sponsor per industry.


View a calendar of upcoming events

Our History

Learn the history of our Parish

Clergy and Staff

Meet our clergy and staff members!

How to Become Catholic

Interested in becoming Catholic?

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Mass Times

Sunday 10 am

Weekend Mass Times

Saturday Vigil

5:00 pm | 7:00 pm SP


7:30 am | 10:00 am | 12:30 pm SP | 3:00 pm SP | 5:30 pm

Contact Info

109 North Frazier St.
Conroe, TX, 77301


Follow Us On

Join Our Newsletter!