The Gospel of Matthew
Session 43 – 12/21/2014
Fr. John Codis
The realization of the Ideal, Jesus’ Welcome for the Children, The Great Refusal
Only the Christian can accept the Christian ethic
Christ speaks about celibacy as a gift from God, just as marriage between a man and woman is also a gift from God.
“The holiness of virginity not as a rejection of marriage, but as a special calling for those to whom it has been given.”
Christ acknowledges not everyone can make room in his heart for this word of teaching, and that most men will find it difficult, to not marry. In the world, it is easier to regard marriage simply as a contract one can make or break at will. But those to whom it has been given by God to become His disciples are not of the world. They belong to the Kingdom and can, through God, do the apparently impossible.
Christ Welcomes Children
Although the disciples rebuke the mothers and their children, Christ instead allowed the children to approach him and said let these children be the example to all of you; they are the ones who will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Great Refusal
We are to be wholly open to all the things Christ asks of us, even it if makes us uncomfortable in our minds. This feeling of discomfort can only be cured by picking up our cross and following Christ.
If we truly wish to become disciples of God, then we must not be like the young man and feel sorrow for when we must give up the lap of luxury. We must rejoice that God has a higher calling for us, a calling to perfection which we are made for.