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Rohr on pilgrimage

Jesus was pretty adamant about our coming to him as children. He would teach this in practice by actually calling the children around him to come to him. Matthew 18:1-4 says: “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of hea…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
Jesus was pretty adamant about our coming to him as children. He would teach this in practice by actually calling the children around him to come to him.

Matthew 18:1-4 says: “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ 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.

Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'”

I’ve been saying this for awhile – that we need to go on a pilgrimage to find out who we really are in Christ and who God really is. Richard Rohr says that for such a pilgrimage to be successful, we must journey as children:

A pilgrim must be a child who can
approach everything with an attitude of wonder, awe and faith. Pray for wonder,
awe, desire. Ask God to take away your sophistication and cynicism.

Ask God to
take away the restless, anxious heart of the tourist, which always needs to find
the new, the more, the curious. Recognize yourself as a pilgrim, as one who has
already been found by God.

Though pilgrimages are good for the
spirit, if you can’t find Jesus in your hometown, you probably aren’t going to
find him in Jerusalem.

…We go on pilgrimage so we can
go back home and know that we never need to go on pilgrimage again. Pilgrimage
has achieved its purpose when we can see God in our everyday and ordinary
lives.

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  • Sir,i have an orphnage where 40 fatherless children are,please pray for them,and the lord speak to you to visit us ,you please come and see us.so far we are not attached with any organigation ao help by.only the lord helps and guids us.thanks,waiting to hear from you soon.

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I'm motivated to join God in his global reclamation project. He's on the move, setting his sons and daughters free from their places of captivity. And he's partnering with those of us who have been freed to go and free others.



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