In the cave
The mysterious cave
Full of wonder and dark
Like a wave rushing in out of the ocean, I was reminded that we are going to church because . . .
The look of excitement and joy on my kids’ faces at the end brought me more happiness . . .
I only stopped to listen for a moment. As I said, I was running late to work. In hindsight, I wish I’d taken more time to listen to his story, to hear more. Would Jesus have rushed on to the next event, or stayed behind and listened? What did it communicate to this random stranger that I was in a hurry and didn’t stop to hang out for awhile?
Jesus, in Matthew, calls a “little child” (paideia) into his adult disciples midst in order to teach them a gigantic lesson about what it means to enter headlong into the Kingdom of God. For when a child was in their presence, something of God’s reign was being manifest in a unique and undeniable way. Stanley Hauerwas has been quick to point that when set in the context of Jesus’ exaltation of childlikeness, Mary’s story becomes an illustration of Jesus’ point.