its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in theright. Charity bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."
: "You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on yourpassions."
If we ask with a divided heart, we are "adulterers";
God cannot answer us,for he desires our well-being, our life. "Or do you suppose that it is in vain that thescripture says, 'He yearns jealously over the spirit which he has made to dwell in us?'"
That our God is "jealous" for us is the sign of how true his love is. If we enter into thedesire of his Spirit, we shall be heard. …4.
Bede the Venerable:
This ignorance of the disciples proceeds not so much from slowness ofintellect, as from love for the Savior, for they were as yet carnal, and ignorant of the mysteryof the cross, they could not therefore believe that He whom they had recognized as the trueGod, was about to die; being accustomed then to hear Him often talk in figures, and shrinkingfrom the events of His death, they would have it that something was conveyed figuratively inthose things, which He spoke openly concerning His betrayal and passion. It goes on: "Andthey came to Capernaum."
: For His wish is not that we should usurp for ourselves chief places, but that weshould attain to lofty heights by lowliness. He next admonishes them by the example of achild's innocence. Wherefore there follows, "And He took [p. 182] a child, and set him in themidst of them."
Bede the Venerable:
By which, He either simply shews that those who would become greatermust receive the poor of Christ in honor of Him, or He would persuade them to be in malicechildren, to keep simplicity without arrogance, charity without envy, devotedness withoutanger. Again, by taking the child into His arms, He implies that the lowly are worthy of hisembrace and love. He adds also, "In My name," that they might, with the fixed purpose ofreason, follow for His name's sake that mould of virtue to which the child keeps, with naturefor his guide. And because He taught that He Himself was received in children, lest it shouldbe thought that there was nothing in Him but what was seen, He added, "And whosoevershall receive Me, receiveth not Me, but Him that sent Me.;" thus wishing that we shouldbelieve Him to be of the same nature and of equal greatness with His Father.
St. Gregory of Nyssa ( On the Christian Mode of Life 8.1)
Let vanity be unknown among you.Let simplicity and harmony and a guileless attitude weld the community together. Let eachremind himself that he is not only subordinate to the brother at his side, but to all. If heknows this, he will truly be a disciple of Christ.
The Shepherd of Hermes 3.9.29:
They are as a veritable infants, whose hearts do not inventevil, who hardly know what corruption is, and who have remained a childlike forever. Peoplesuch as these, therefore, undoubtedly dwell in the kingdom of God, because they in no wayto file God's commandments, but have continued in innocence all the days of their lives in thesame state of mind.5.
Examples from the Saints and Other Exemplars