Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 24, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 141:1-2, 3 and 8
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Let the little children come to me. . . .
If ever a Gospel passage has been misread, abused, and just plain used for coercion, this is it. Often we are told that this passage means we must "check our brains at the door." Often it is used to excuse the lack of reason many have in approaching religion.
But it is tremendously important to point out that that is not what Jesus is talking about. When we were children, we asked our parents questions. Most of the time, our parents answered us in a way that we could understand. But sometimes the questions we were asking were beyond our scope, and our patient parents would tell us that it was very difficult to explain, and that answers would come later.
This is the faith God asks of us. To seek to understand him as the children we are, and when we reach a point where we fail to understand, to accept Him in love. St. Teresa of Avila pointed out that it won't be those who know much or those who pray much who will be first in heaven--it will be those who love much. We can only love when we begin to know, but we must also understand where we must stop trying.
St. Thomas Aquinas, after composing all of his monumental work on religion and theology, toward the end of his life stated simply, "All of my words are as straw." He meant not that they were futile and useless in themselves, but in comparison to the deep mysteries of God, they didn't even begin to scratch the surface.
Let your faith-life grow with knowledge, and with love. But when knowledge fails, accept God as a child accepts their mother and father, even though the deep mystery of parent and child is really unknowable to the child.
- JuandelaCruz |
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