The following is an excerpt from my favorite morning prayer book, The Better Part, by John Bartunek, LC. It is mostly about having a childlike trust, but I loved what it said about what Jesus’ personality must have been like…
“Children naturally trust. It is hard for them to be suspicious, even though they are often shy. For this reason they are very vulnerable; many people are not worthy of trust and will abuse the trusting soul. Jesus Christ longs to find this childlike trust in our hearts. If we put ourselves entirely into his care, he will be free to teach and guide and coach us in the art of living. When we are suspicious of him, demand proofs, and doubt his wisdom and love, we limit the range of his action – he has to spend time convincing us of his goodness before we are willing to follow his lead unhesitatingly.
Picture our Lord with these babies (at the time, it was customary for Jewish women to have their babies blessed by a respected rabbi on their first birthday) and their brothers and sisters; if they were so eager to be close to him, it tells us a lot about his personality. Dour and serious types rarely attract children – kids much prefer grown-ups that have a twinkle in their eye and a quick and generous smile. If we approach Jesus with childlike trust, maybe we will more easily perceive this part of his character and catch a bit more of his joy.”
Note: This excerpt refers to the Scripture where Jesus said, “‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. I tell you solemnly, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ Then he put his arms round them, laid his hands on them and gave them his blessing.” Mark 10:13-16