This past Sunday we had our annual Scout Sunday Mass at our parish. Since I am the Cubmaster now, I had the pleasure of handing out awards! We had five Wolf Cub Scouts earn their Light of Christ emblems and five Webelos earn their Parvuli Dei (Children of God) emblems.
Back in December we had an Our Lady of Guadalupe party and all of the Cub Scouts but one were there. So almost everyone earned a St. Juan Diego patch. I handed these out before mass so they could wear them.
We processed in with our flags and some of the older Cub Scouts got to do the readings from scripture. Our little Lions and Tigers got to help the ushers pass the baskets for the collection. They were so excited to get to do something but they took their jobs very seriously and did it with great enthusiasm. Some parishioners were passed the basket more than once.
Of course having that many youngsters sit together in church can result in some fidgeting and talking. But then it came time to sing the Alleluia before the gospel was read and I heard the most beautiful chorus of voices from our little Lions who were sitting right behind me. Positively angelic!
People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them, and when the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. Jesus, however, called the children to himself and said, “Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.”Luke 18:15-17