Putting on Christ might be different from what you think

What does it mean to put on Christ? … to be clothed with Christ?

But clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. Romans 13:14

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  Galatians 3:27

It occurs to me that to put on Christ, to clothe myself with Christ, might very well mean acting more, well, like a child, more innocent and less defensive.  Let me put it this way.  Putting on Christ might mean acting like Jesus acted when he was, say, 4-years-old.  In my mind’s eye I can imagine Jesus’ mother saying, “When this boy was 4 he was the sweetest little boy.  Curious, funny, playful and so innocent.”  Why not?  I said that about my kids.  I can imagine that you did, too, or you will.  Or that your parents said that about you.

Maybe that’s why I am so struck by these words from Dorothy Day, imminent 20th-century journalist and devout convert to Catholicism:

“We are told to put on Christ, and we think of him in his private life, his life of work, his public life, his teaching, and his suffering life. But we do not think enough of his life as a little child, as a baby. His helplessness. His powerlessness. We have to be content to be in that state too. Not to be able to do anything, to accomplish anything.”

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