Childish men, and childish women, mouthed these words: "Far be it from us to forsake the LORD for the service of other gods. For it was the LORD, our God, who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, out of a state of slavery." Joshua 24:14-29
Sounds good, doesn't it? But these are the words of brats!
Imagine a daddy who purchases the most desirable toys for his beautiful little daughter and tucks them under the Christmas tree. He awakens his daughter and invites her to see what Santa brought her. But prior to allowing her to dive into her Christmas bounty, her father reminds her that her school grades aren't very good and her behavior toward her siblings is mean, to say the least. Yet, bedazzled by the glitter of the Christmas wrappings, the daughter haughtily promises, 'Daddy, I promise to do all my homework and get great grades, and to be very, very nice to my brothers and sisters.' And then, she dives into the promised land of her toys.
It was just like that with the bratty children of ancient Israel.
"I say to the LORD, 'My Lord are you.' O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup, you it is who hold fast my lot." Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11
Not long after the spiritually immature Israelites mouthed their false and childish promises to Joshua (see the first verse, above), they broke their covenantal promises with God...numerous times! It was not until the Word of God appeared in the Incarnation that a man--a Divine, yet fully human person--was able to promise fidelity, in spiritual maturity, to God the Father in Heaven. In the sinless Son of God, through His Mother--held from sin herself--this firstborn Son, begotten of the Almighty Father, became for us, fidelity, maturity, and Truth.
Henceforth, children were never the same.
"Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
This, Jesus said, not just about children, but about all the 'children' no matter their age, in this world. For we are all children in immaturity and neediness, when compared to the Almighty Father. And Jesus told us that we must become like little children in order to enter the gates of heaven. So why not become children of the Father, in the Life of our Elder Brother Jesus, in His Eucharistic grace, through the counsel of His Spirit in the Teaching of His Church, and stop being brats?