THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS
THE GOSPEL OF JAMES

Biographical Gospel of the Lord

- Chapter 246 -
Where Your Heart Is - There Is Your Treasure


 
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HEN THE SHIP was ready to make its departure, Cyrenius went over to the little Child, knelt down before Him and asked Him for His blessing with the following words:
 
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'O Lord, my great God, my Creator, my Father from eternity,
 
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who now walks this dust we call the earth in our form as a frail human being -
 
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my almighty Lord at whose lightest nod all the powers of infinity tremble,
 
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oh look graciously upon me, a nothing before You,
 
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and honor me, a worm in the dust before Your infinite Holiness, with Your most gracious blessing!
 
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O my life, let me find all my power and strength in Your most holy Name,
 
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and, o ancient King of my heart, look graciously and forgivingly upon me a poor, weak sinner and help me that I shall grow ever more in love toward You!
 
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O my eternally above all beloved Jesus, take my love as a token of my gratitude for the infinite grace and mercy which You bestow upon me with every breath!'
 
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Here Cyrenius' heart broke from sheer love, and he could not continue for tears.
 
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Thereupon the little Child joyously embraced Cyrenius and replied:
 
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'Oh do not weep, My beloved Cyrenius - for you can see that I love you beyond measure!
 
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And in this My love for you lies My greatest blessing!
 
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I tell you, if you remain as you are, you will belong to Me forever, and never in all eternity will your soul feel nor taste death!
 
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But as you have now asked Me for this blessing so also do I ask you not to disclose Me to anyone.
 
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This I do not ask of you for My sake, but for the world's sake;
 
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for death would be its lot if it recognized Me before My time!'-
 
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After these words the little Child embraced Cyrenius once more and kissed him.
 
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At this Cyrenius spread out his arms and declared:
 
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'O my eternal God! - What am I, that You should kiss me with the mouth that ushered forth all creation?
 
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Oh shining heavens, oh earth, oh powers of the heavens! Look, look this way!
 
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He, who created you and me, is here before me and blesses me with His almighty hand!
 
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'When will you, oh earth, grasp the magnitude of grace bestowed in this time when the feet of your eternal Lord and Creator walked your ground?
 
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Oh most holy ground that carries the Lord, will you ever comprehend the greatness of such grace in all gratitude, breaking yourself into dust in humility?
 
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Oh holy place, how difficult it is for me to leave you!' -
 
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Here the little Child as good as lifted Cyrenius up and did not allow him to kneel any more.
 
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Thereupon Tullia and Maronius Pilla also came over, and the little Child blessed them all, and all wept because they now had to part again.
 
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But the little Child reassured them, saying, 'Oh, oh, we are not really parting! For where your heart is, there is your treasure also!'
 
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With these words all comforted themselves and arose from the ground.