What did Jesus mean by "the least in the kingdom of heaven"? Was He referring to Angels? We are all born of woman, so how is it referring to us as those in the kingdom of heaven? Also, John must be in heaven now, so how would some smelly, nasty person here be greater than him?
You do realize that John the Baptist lived out in the desert and pretty much never changed his clothes? I'm sure everyone back then pretty much wore the same clothes but I imagine his were especially rough, filthy, torn and smelly.
Good thing he stood around in the water all day. That might have been his saving grace, socially speaking.
You also realize that Jesus kissed a leper? There's a smelly nasty person for you.
Why did he do that? To show that He was not above them.
Remember when He washed the feet of His disciples? To show that He was here to serve, not reign.
All God's souls are the equal of all of God's souls.
I know a lot of people don't like the idea that sinners and goof offs are equally loved by God. Remember the story of the Prodigal Son? That's what that story was was about.
Angels aren't the least in the kingdom of Heaven. They serve God directly. They are the first circle of Heaven. After that, I don't know how it works. The Catholic Church does believe that people that were holier than others enjoy a closer relationship with God in Heaven. I suppose you could call that a hierarchy.
How a person appears or smells has nothing whatsoever to do with holiness as evidenced in the multitude of desert hermits, pole sitters and anchoresses. I'm sure not of those people smelled very rosy.
St. Rita smelled so bad because of her festering stigmata wound that she had to be locked in a room by herself for her whole life.
I'm sure everyone in Heaven smells like roses, since that's the scent they leave behind when they visit. St. Rita's old stinky room has smelled of roses since her death.
I'm going with "Whatsoever you do to the least of My brothers, this you also do unto Me."
Now if he would just convert....