05 Ep#498 The Child as a Flesh & Blood Parable

Using Matthew 18 as a touch point for discussion of the inner child is what we call using a “spiritual sense” of Scripture.

It’s fascinating to me that Jesus emphasized His teaching in 18 and part of 19 by placing children before Him (remember that chapter and verse numbers were not in the original writings, but added for our convenience).

Like flesh and blood parables, children bookend His teaching on boundaries, and we learn that not only are healthy boundaries necessary to faith in dealing with one another in the family of God, but they’re also necessary in human and faith development, too. 

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Dearest Jesus, my love, in the words of little Therese, “For me to become great is impossible.” Help me bear with myself and my many imperfections as I seek to follow her means of getting to heaven by a little way–very short and very straight, The Little Way of the Child. Amen +

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What We Discussed | Show Notes


Minutes 00:00-12:00 – holiday review, psychological/mythological idea that the way to full maturity is to recover childhood, shadow parts

Minutes 12:01-24:00 – procedural memory in the brain, “the saints were crazy,” two senses of scripture and subdivisions

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – hierarchy vs. relationships, characteristics of children

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – stages of faith, “fasting” from destructive relationships, detachment


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