What Language Does God Speak?
by Fr. Jack McArdle with Aneel Aranha
He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Togo was a young African boy, who was always asking questions. He had a great thirst for knowledge, and was prepared to go to any lengths to get that knowledge. One question that intrigued him more than any other was "What language does God speak?" Nobody could answer his question, so he set off in search of the answer. He travelled from country to country, but still failed to find the answer. Finally, one cold, snowy, wintery night he arrived at what was no better than a makeshift hut, outside Jerusalem, in a place called Bethlehem. He looked, and was just about to ask his question, when a young woman beckoned him to enter. As he entered he saw a young couple, with a new-born baby wrapped up in some clothing, and lying on the straw of a manger in the corner. The young woman spoke. "Welcome, Togo. We have been expecting you." Togo was amazed, but the young woman continued "You have been asking what language God speaks. Come over and sit by the manger for a while, to reflect, and to listen. God speaks the language of love, of gentleness, and of belonging. He speaks the language of everybody who is poor, who is homeless, who is weak, who is powerless. It is only in speaking their language that he can let them know why he came, and what he wants to offer them. His language is so simple that the intellectual and the worldly-wise will dismiss it as meaningless. It is a language that only children, and those with the heart of a child, can understand." Yes, indeed, Togo had, at last, found the answer to his question.
Do you understand the language of God? Do you speak it? Learn it, and God will reveal to you the things that have been hidden from the wise and learned (cf Luke 10:21).
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