We must constantly strive to become like little children before the Lord (Mt 18:3).


 

“No one knows the Son but the Father, and no one knows the Father but the Son – and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal Him.” –Matthew 11:27

Let us say that there was someone very powerful and very rich and also famous. This person had done many good and generous things for millions of people all over the world. You had heard about this person, admired him, and you were in awe of him. Now, if you wanted to meet this celebrity, spend time together and get to know him, what would your chances be? Probably nil! But – what if you knew that famous man’s son? Wouldn’t you ask your friend to introduce you to his father? In today’s gospel, Jesus tells us, “No one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal Him.” This is how can we get to know God the Father better. It may seem very simple, but Jesus says being childlike is the key. Jesus exclaimed, “Father, Lord of heaven and earth . . . although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to the childlike.” We need to become like a little child. Think really young, small, humble, trusting. And then proceed in confidence.

Yesterday we saw Jesus severely chiding the people of three cities where He had shown many signs of His divine origin for their slowness to believe in and accept Him. Today He speaks with warmth and praise of those who have become His followers.
He remarks, in a prayer He makes to His Father, that it is not the learned and clever, the Scribes and Pharisees, the religious experts, but “the merest children”, His disciples, who have been graced with understanding the secrets of the Kingdom.  They are children not only in their lack of learning and sophistication but also in their openness to hear and learn, a virtue lacking in those who regarded themselves as intellectuals. We must constantly strive to become like little children before the Lord. We need an innocent heart to guard against the temptation to harden our hearts to the point that we have closed ourselves to Jesus’ revelation of the Father. We must also study the Scriptures regularly, even daily. “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ” (Catechism, 133) and of His revelation of the Father. “Oh, that today you would hear His voice: harden not your hearts”.

 

Today’s readings illustrate the power of the Lord and the necessity for us, as human beings, to trust in this power. Trusting, or putting faith, in the Lord can be an incredibly difficult task in modern life. The challenge for us all is creating a circle of people of whom we can lean on. At the center of this circle must be God. No matter how many close friends we make or the strength of our relationships with our family, there are certain parts of our souls that we NEVER share with other people. The parts that are shared differ from person to person, but no person has ever completely confided in another. We need to direct our concerns with these deep, often dark, secrets about ourselves to the Lord. He is the only one powerful and mighty enough to be able to offer advice on the correct actions to take. It can often be hard developing human relationships enough to be able to share our emotions and thoughts, but it should be easy to develop such a relationship with the Lord. The readings today illustrate that He will do what it takes to help us. As in the Psalm, “The Lord will not abandon His people.”

So to whom do we go for wisdom, power, and faithfulness?  Who can we trust when we become adults and outgrow our parents?  Today we are reminded that we should not forget what it means to be a child.  You could be one of those old fashioned people who think it is important that adults model wisdom, power, and faithfulness for children.  But we need to be humble.  Our wisdom is limited to earthly things.  Our power must be tempered with love.  And our faithfulness needs to be unconditional.  And we better hope that every child and every student will outgrow us at an appropriate point.  But the lessons today are still more about our relationship to God than to each other.  We are reminded by the scriptures that no matter how wise and learned we are, we can be very foolish.  Wisdom and knowledge isn’t worth anything if we don’t have a childlike trust in God and follow God with our whole hearts like children who trust good parents.  No matter how wise and learned we become, we can’t outgrow God.  God is always wiser, more powerful, and more faithful! We must remember we are not alone. We must remember to trust in our all-powerful God

Today I pray that we will take seriously our responsibilities to be wise and learned adults that others can trust, but that we will also encourage each other to be childlike in our trust of an all wise, all powerful, all faithful God.   We should let children see that part of us too.

 

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