The Kingdom of God is for Little Children
by Fr. Maximilian Okapal, O.Praem.
St. Herman Joseph was a Norbertine.
When St. Herman was a child, he showed love for Jesus by bringing an apple to the Mother of God in the church. The apple is the fruit of the tree. When St. Herman was a frater, he showed love for the body of Jesus by bringing apples to his brothers in the refectory.
When Adam took the fruit of the tree in the garden, he brought death into the world. Death was the fruit of the tree.
But, the blood of the mother becomes the blood of the child. The fruit of the womb is the child of the mother. When a mother bears a child, she brings life into the world. Jesus is the fruit of the womb of Mary. The mother of the child is the Mother of God.
The kingdom of God is for little children. The blood of the fruit becomes the blood of Jesus. The little children become the body of Jesus. His mother is ours. We are her son.
When St. Herman was a priest, he wrote a hymn to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. When Jesus hung upon the tree, he offered His Sacred Heart to children. The fruit of the tree is the heart of Jesus. When Jesus gave us his Heart from the tree in the garden, He brought life into the world. This tree is our mother. The bread of angels becomes the apple for the children.
When St. Herman was assigned to the sacristy, he showed love for the body of Jesus. He boasted in his littleness. He brought life into the world. Is your heart simple? The holy supper is a simple supper.
“Where is the fruit, the flower? All seems thorns.”
I appear as to you I seem.
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