THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS
THE GOSPEL OF JAMES

Biographical Gospel of the Lord

- Chapter 157 -
The Baby Becomes Silent


 
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UTSIDE THE CITY Mary gave the Baby over to James, for she had become tired since she had carried Him on her hands the whole day long.
 
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And James was filled with joy because he once again had a chance to carry his Darling.
 
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Here the Baby opened His eyes and said, 'My dear James, you really do love Me with all your heart!
 
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But if I should become quite heavy for you, would you then still love Me as much?'
 
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James answered, 'Oh my dearest little Brother, even if You weighed as much as I did, I still would carry You on my arms with a heart burning most fervently!'
 
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The Baby continued: 'My brother, now of course I will not become heavy for you,
 
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but one day the time will come in which I will become a great burden to you!
 
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Therefore you do well that you are even now lovingly getting used to My weight,
 
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for when accordingly the difficult time comes, you then will carry Me in My full weight just as easily as you carry Me now.
 
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And I say to you: Everyone who does not first carry Me as a Child will one day succumb beneath My full weight!
 
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'Whoever will carry Me in his heart as a weak little Child as you now do upon your hands, to him I shall be just as light a burden in the years of My manhood!'
 
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James, not understanding these high words, caressingly asked the Baby,
 
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'Oh my dearest little Brother, my Jesus, will You then allow Yourself to be carried around as a man?'
 
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The Baby replied: 'You love Me with all your might, and that is enough for Me!
 
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And your artlessness is more pleasing to Me than the wisdom of the wise who calculate much and make predictions, but whose hearts are colder thereby than ice.
 
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What you do not grasp now, that you will grasp very easily at the proper time.
 
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See, now I am still only a Child who is of an altogether minor age,
 
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and behold, for all that my tongue is loosed and I converse with you as if I were a mature man!
 
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Now if I were to remain like this, I would be like a dual being, a Child to the eye - and a Man to the ear.
 
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But matters cannot continue as they are. I shall bind My tongue for a year to all but you.
 
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and you will hear My voice only in your heart!
 
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When I shall again speak with the mouth, your eye will see Me more matured, but your ear will hear only childish talk from Me!
 
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I have told you this now so you will not take exception to Me then. So be it!'
 
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Here the Baby again became quite speechless and behaved just like any other baby, while in the meantime they reached the villa.