Inside and Out

Inside and Out!

“So the then,” they  said, “who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”

Jesus  called a child and stood her in the middle of them.’

“I’m telling you the truth.  ” he said, “Unless you turn inside and out and become like children, you will never, ever, get into the Kingdom of heaven. So if any of you make yourselves humble like this child, you will be great in the kingdom of heaven. And if anyone welcomes one such child in my name, they welcome me.” Matthew 18:1-5 (The Kingdom New Testament: A Contemporary Translation” N.T. Wright).

    There was a time a colleague threw in my face the comment, “You are just a child,” angrily. It hurt because I did not meet this person’s expectations.

    And as that comment has come back repeatedly to me in pain, it has evolved into a compliment of the highest form, bringing feelings of joy, after joy.

    Jesus tells us to become like children, and Dr. Jerome Berryman gives an excellent summary of our journey of faith when he says:

 “Becoming Real: A Theology of Childhood,” summarizes the task of becoming human, saying “We are summoned from another realm to become like children playing in the flow of God’s creative power, flowing in the River of God.”

    When we become like children, we see everyone as our brother and sister.  I remember growing up I never noticed any differences in my black friends until it was thrown in my face, they were “Lesser than white,” and someone who was gay was “going to hell.” Adulthood is destructive.

    Becoming like a child we enter into the “flow of God’s creative power, flowing into the infinite River of God.” Our lives are changed into the words of Paul in I Corinthians 13:4:

     Love’s great-hearted; love is kind,

Knows no jealously, makes no fuss,

Doesn’t force its rightful claim,

Doesn’t rage like a bear or grudge,…

    We can be an adult and stop being vulnerable or we can remember the words of Reverend Eugene Peterson, and become like a child and see “Every Act of Love as a Risk of Self,” may we take that risk and change the world around us. We are turned from the inside to our outward caring side. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

Servant Bishop of the Society of Franciscan Workers, Inc.
P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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