Except ye become as little children

Jesus admonished his followers: (Matthew 18:2-6)

2He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5″And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. 6But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

Jesus was talking about having a childlike heart. Our prevailing dumbed-down mass-consumption culture promotes an infantile mind:

The child, precisely because he does not know things, is somehow set apart from us who know them all too well; and to be set apart is, in the ancient use of the word, to be sanctified, untouchable. Now suppose those who would tempt the child cannot see his separateness, not because they are all monsters, but because they themselves are childish? Take a look at the puerility of our newspapers, with their “lifebeat” or “lifestyle” sections predicated on a regression to immediate and easy gratification, to Gerber peaches for the mind. Or the infantile commercials hawking underpants, as if grown men and women all had the minds of giggly-sniggery eight year olds preoccupied with the outhouse. Or our political debate, carried on (except on a few websites, in a few books, and within the editorial pages of at most three newspapers) at a level hardly above gibberish. Or our films, that can no longer portray love between man and woman, but sometimes take a blind stab at it anyway, just as children might do who think they can guess what feelings grownups ought to have.

We are childish: men who grow as vain of their physiques as debutantes, women who stick in the neutral of tomboyism, old folks who clamor for their own citrus-colored nursery provided by young workers . . . We are too childish to see what children are. If we do see a glimpse of it, we deny it, we seek to ruin it, we want it to “mature,” that is to say to rot in our sin. To grow up, for a sinner and Christian, is to grow toward the Eternal Child, and that is why God provides us so much time to do it.

Quoted from: Mere Comments

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