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“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’” - Matthew 18:1-4
What does it mean to be spiritually mature yet childlike in faith? How does a disciple live in the world yet remain detached from it and dependent on the Father? In a society where dependence on anything but ourselves and innocence are often viewed as things that need to be outgrown for us to mature, Jesus preaches the opposite. Fr. Jim Rolph joins us this month to shed some light on the importance of childlike dependency on the Father and how we can live it out in the world today.
Fr. Jim Rolph was born and raised in the Ann Arbor area. He attended Catholic schools in the area for grade school, middle school, and high school. He then attended the University of St. Thomas while living at St. John Vianney College Seminary and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Catholic Studies. Fr. Jim completed his seminary studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and obtained a Masters of Divinity and a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Lansing on June 14, 2014 and was assigned to St. John the Evangelist in Fenton for the first three years of his priesthood. He became the chaplain of Powers Catholic in June 2017. On July 1, 2022, he started his assignment as the Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and School in Lansing, MI.
Question 1: What does it mean to be spiritually mature yet childlike in faith?
Question 2: How does a disciple of Jesus live in the world yet remain detached from it and dependent on God the Father?
Question 3: Why do you think dependence on God is viewed as something to be outgrown by our society?
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