Recently I heard a recording from a Fr. Richard Rohr presentation called the “Beginners Mind”. It reminded me of how a child reacts to the world. When we arrive in a room with small children, the child looks for the adult with a smile, the one who is open and friendly. The simple detective work of one hunting and searching for love.
Children detect hostility, unfriendliness and those who are unauthentic in a way which is beyond words. Their agenda is simple, there is no agenda. No duality in their thinking, just looking for the one who is most friendly, open and willing to love. Come play with me is mostly present in their eyes.
How much of this can we learn again in our own relationship with God. How many have fallen prey to following the tradition rather than the love. Our Catholic tradition without love is meaningless. Particularly if we start to “preach” tradition in a way that divides us from others, rather than unites us in the community of God; the Body of Christ. The Church universal.
We sometimes need a reminder the word Catholic means universal. For us this is universal love, and there is nowhere we can feel and hear that word more soundly than in the love expressed by a child. A child cannot fend for themselves, they survive only with love. So do I. Without love I am nothing, just someone looking for a cave to dwell in with a warm fire and a loving friend.
The loving friend we seek is the same one the child in the room opens their heart towards. The love expressed by the adult in the room filled with the grace of God. And one willing to communicate it freely, willingly with the smile which requires no repayment. Just gift. Pure gift.
Let us return to the “Beginners Mind”, let us unlearn the prejedices and offer ourselves openly to listen to others, even offer love to those we dislike; without scowl or pretense. The child in us all brings us back to the Beginners Mind, a time when we did not judge, but loved.
And sat silently on the floor waiting for God to come and play with us. Forever.
BE READY LIKE A CHILD
Be ready like a child,
For learning is simple when we accept
For belief with a child’s mind
is like simple addition.
The result is pure and right.
“you are children of the light and children of the day.”