The Heart of a Child
by Fr. Jack McArdle with Aneel Aranha
At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. (Matthew 11:25)
The father and mother brought Junior with them to the supermarket on a Thursday night, to do the weekly shopping. They filled up the trolley, and arrived at the check-out. The girl looked at them, waved them forward, and said "It's OK, everything if free today; no charge." Imagine the reaction of the parents! There is no way they believe this, as they begin putting items on the conveyor belt. When the girl insists that it is all free, and there's no charge, the father checks to ensure that it's not April Fool's Day. Then it dawns on him. Candid camera! He smiles as he looks around, and continues to transfer his shopping from the trolley to the conveyor belt. When the girl insists that there is no charge, the parents begin to get annoyed. A joke is a joke, but they are in a hurry, and they can't be standing around here all day.
In the meantime, where is Junior? He heard the magic word "Free", and, by now, he has grabbed another trolley, and is dashing around the supermarket, grabbing boxes of sweets, crisps, etc., off the shelves! He has no problem at all with things that are free, and he sees the situation as an opportunity, rather than a problem!
Unless you have the heart of a child, says Jesus, you will never understand what I am telling you. Striving as you are to leave behind your childhood and become an adult, try to hang on to the heart of innocence that you have. It is more valuable than you can imagine!
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