" AS A LITTLE CHILD'
|"....as a little child....'"|
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.