Monday, December 05, 2011

""....AS A LITTLE CHILD...."

"....as a little child....'"
Probably no other words in Sacred Scripture have suffered the abuse that has been applied to the words "Suffer the little children....". The abuse is of course wholly perverse, because only a complete ignoramus would not understand that this old English usage of the word "suffer"means to "allow" or "let ". But so much is the preoccupation with this perversity ,that there has been a tendency to overlook Our Lord's following words, which is alarming because they are of extreme importance 


The disciples had sought to prevent people who wanted their children to be blessed by Jesus, from bringing them to Him. When Our Lord saw this, He was indignant and said : "Let the little children come unto Me, and do not hinder them, for of such is the kingdom of God." And He went on to say "Amen I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God as a little child will not enter into it."


This is not something to be glossed over, or taken as a detail. Jesus Christ was not One to say anything unimportant. And in this case He has taken the trouble to preface His statement with the solemn form of affirmation "Amen I say to you..." We had better take note. We are to accept the kingdom of God, the rule of God even here on Earth, the following of His Commandments and the Teaching of His Church with all the simplicity,innocence, integrity and honesty of intention of a little child.


This is greatly demanding, especially for the sophisticated and often cynical Western adult of to-day. BUT IT IS THE CLEAR DECLARATION OF OUR DIVINE LORD.


We had better wake up, and ensure that His requirement is no longer obscured by perverse efforts of those who lack that very simplicity and integrity.
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