The Child As Parable

Sofia Cavalletti

Dr. Cavalletti explores the synoptic texts where Jesus presents a child as a sign of the greatest in the kingdom of God. He is preparing the disciples for his death and resurrection, yet they are concerned with who will be the greatest. Jesus identifies himself with a child, who is simultaneously both the least and the greatest. The child is a model of discipleship and a sign of Christ. We are invited to embrace the weakness of the child, the weakness of the crucifixion, in order to allow the power of God to reach perfection (2 Cor. 12,9). 

(Reprinted by permission of Euntes Docete XXV [Pontifical University Urbaniana, 1972] pp.509-514). 

Translation by Patricia Coulter.