Friday, September 6, 2013
Nada te turbe, nada te espante, todo se pasa, Dios no se muda. Quien a Dios tiene, nada le falta, Solo Dios basta (translated: Let nothing disturb you or frighten you. Everything is transitory, only God is unchanging. He who possesses God lacks nothing. God alone suffices). That poem in Spanish by St. Teresa of Avila attracted me since younger days. It’s a poem of childlike trust in God. Of course, we should not forget the advice of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Mt. 18:1-4: “At this time the disciples came to Jesus and said: ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ So he called a little child to him and set the child in front of them. Then he said, ‘I tell you solemnly, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven’.” (Mt. 18:1-4). Jesus means to tell us the reality. What mainly troubles or distresses us at times comes from our own pride or lack of trust in our heavenly Father, God Almighty who is the Creator of all that exists. So reminding us of a childlike attitude towards God and all created realities is basic in a stable person in quest of the truth and the coming of God’s kingdom. Usually the worrisome and problematic people are those whose hearts have lost that simplicity of a little child which Jesus mentions in Mt. 18:1-4. Go back to such childlike trust in God and you will find your troubles becoming less and less because of your sincere belief in the providential fatherhood of God who really cares for you.