25th Sunday C
Christian conversion is promoted by conversation. This section is a response to and a development on the knowledge gained from the commentary section.
This Sunday's Exposition
What type of power does a child hold? What type of power does a child being embraced as Jesus embraced this child, have? It is the power to entrance, to delight, to offer new ways of looking at life. While holding a small child, the conversation may go around and around, dinosaurs and princesses, and then may suddenly cut to the very heart of reality, with a question that takes our breath away and makes us face the inadequacies of our ‘superior knowledge’, ‘What happened to Grandma when she died?’ or ‘Why do trees turn red in autumn?’
At those times, such a child has the power to transform how we look at reality. They also have the power to transform our moral core. If we are welcoming to such a child, we lift our game, monitor our speech, temper out anger. We offer them love and protection. To play genuinely with such a child we have to put aside our desire for honour and prestige, for the highest place. My father used to begin his grandfather stories with, ‘God is not a father. God is a grandfather.’ He learnt that as he embraced his grandchildren in their childlikeness, he had embraced God in himself.