… “What were you arguing about on the road?” Mark 9:33
Isn’t it funny when children are proven to be more mature than adults? Please consider the text. When Jesus teaches them about his coming Passion, the grown men are too scared to ask about what they don’t understand. They are fearful to make a sincere inquiry of the one whose mercy and power exceeded that of anything they have ever experienced. Instead, these who are ignorant and fearful debate among themselves. This only maintains the state of ignorance and fear. Service cannot be born in such a condition.
Children know that they don’t know. They also know that grown-ups seem to know everything. Thus, they ask questions. Sometimes it seems they ask too many questions or do so out of playfulness. But, almost always, they do so realizing their significantly lower position. The loving adult answers the child appropriately and trust grows. Where there is trust, there is faithful service.
Perhaps this is why we use boastful words and deadly weapons on each other in the name of religion. We are to scared to humbly ask the God we profess to believe in the things we don’t understand. Out of fear, we would rather try to make our case above others when none of us have a leg to stand on. We do a disservice to God as we are unwilling to serve each other. Small wonder we have atheism in the world.
Let’s stop being grown-ups and revert to spiritual childhood. Never stop asking questions of God and our elder, knowledgeable saints. Even in light-hearted moments, they who love us will reveal truth. Truth makes us free to serve God and one another.
Yours in Christ,
Brother Cyprian Bluemood
Order of Saint-Simon of Cyrene