Bible Passages / Lenten Meditation

Jesus Blesses Little Children

Lenten Meditation-Mark 10: 13-15

13 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’

Meister Eckhart gives me some insight into this passage when he speaks about the nature of God in the following quote:

God gives to all things alike and as the proceed from God they are alike. . . . A flea, to the extent that it is in God, ranks above the highest angel in his own right. Thus in God all things are equal and are God himself. . . . In the likeness or identity God takes such delight that he pours his whole nature and being into it. His pleasure is as great, to take a simile, as that of a horse, let loose to run over a green heath where the ground is level and smooth, to gallop as a horse will, as fast as he can over the greensward — for this is a horse’s pleasure and expresses his nature. It is so with God. It is his pleasure and rapture to discover identity, because he can always put his whole nature into it –for he is identity itself.

God is childlike. Watch a child play. Their whole nature and being is put into it. The child can create like God. It is a complete detachment and a complete submersion.

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