Cheyenne Schuster ’21, ’23 M.A.

Jesus tells us in today’s gospel that we should accept the kingdom of God like a child. We must be dependent on God as children are dependent on their parents. However, many of us, myself included, may find ourselves struggling with one or more teachings we find in Scripture and tradition.

Does “accept[ing] the kingdom of God like a child” mean that we must accept these teachings without question? I think yes and no. On the one hand, our trust in God means that we trust in God’s revelation of self in Scripture and tradition even when it is difficult to accept certain truths. On the other hand, it is also our responsibility to wrestle with those truths we find difficult. Even children will readily admit when they do not understand something a parent asks them to do and ask for clarification. We should be willing to do this too.

Much like asking a friend about a challenging experience or different point of view, we can talk to God about times we struggle to understand divine revelation. In doing so, we may come to a deeper understanding of the truth while deepening our relationship with God by allowing God into our struggles.

May we have the courage to speak to God about what challenges us, especially if what challenges us is God’s revelation of self.