This past weekend I had the blessing to help a good friend of mine babysit her two nephews and niece in Boston, and it was nonstop from the first moment I set foot in that house to the moment I stepped back out of it. Many of you already know the amazing amount of energy kids have, but I forgot this until I spent 6 hours with these kids last Friday. And often, in the midst of this chaos, kids for some odd reason want to play the same game over and over again. While I was moving off to the next thing, they would drag me back into the same game we had already played 5 times in a row. It was amazing to see their tenacity in playing the same thing repeatedly, and I began to notice my own desire to keep moving on to the next thing. I always had somewhere else to go and something else to do, but they were telling me to dwell with them for a little longer in the place we just were.
Jesus Himself tells us that we must become like these little ones if we wish to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, and this is usually interpreted as a command to trust in God as children trust in their parents. But, I think there is a deeper level of being childlike that is often not recognized, and that is the quality of dwelling in the present moment. They delight so deeply in the joy of the present moment and they also experience pain to such a serious degree because all they can see is what is in front of them. In this way, their hearts are built well for Heaven because it exists outside of time. Heaven is an eternal Present moment with God, and this thought frightens me because I have lost the ability to stay focused on the present moment. There is some sort of urgency in me that pushes me to the next box on my to-do list or the next task that needs to be completed. I fear the present and will often find myself looking at my phone, watching a tv show, or listening to music just to avoid that which I am afraid of. But a child’s heart is ready to say “Yes!” to God over and over again as they continue for eternity in the game of Love.
For me, prayer is what typically brings me back to my own two feet for if I want to converse with God, then I must return to the only place where He exists: the Present. And in this place I learn to listen to God’s Voice over and over again, to hear that which He says to me day in and day out: “Jameson, you are my beloved son with whom I am well-pleased.” And I learn how to say back over and over again, “I love you, Lord, and thank you for the gift of your deep Love.” May we be blessed to have the heart of a child and remain with the Lord all the days of our life until we reach the bliss of Heaven. Amen.
“At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, ‘Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.’” (Matthew 18:1-5)
This 15th day of November - Year of St. Joseph 2021
Feast of St. Albert the Great