19 July, 2017: Being Childlike


Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1: Ex. 3. 1-6, 9-12; Gospel: Mt. 11. 25-27.

“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the CHILDREN.” Matthew 11:25

Life is complicated. At times things can seem very complicated. Situations we find ourselves in, relationships with family and friends, our future, our past, etc., can all seem burdensome and complicated at times. The truth is that God’s answers to the most “complex” questions in life are often simple enough for a child to understand. In this Gospel passage, Jesus affirms that the Father reveals His answers and wisdom to those who are childlike. Interestingly, He also states that the Father has “hidden these things from the wise and the learned.” So this begs the question…is it better to be “wise and learned” or “childlike?” Obviously the answer is that it’s better to be CHILDLIKE.

Jesus says that a childlike receptivity and obedience to God’s will is the key to enter God’s Kingdom. He praised the poor and the lowly for their trust in God. He was not condemning the educated – the elite people’s intellectual ability – but their scholarly pride. In particular, it is good to be one who is open, curious, and willing to learn.  It is good to look at life in the simplest of ways and to stick to the basics. Sure, it is good to grow in wisdom and knowledge of the things of God. But true wisdom and knowledge always maintain a certain innocence and simplicity. They maintain a basic goodness and acceptance of right and wrong. Life does not have to be complicated; it needs to become exceptionally simple. Jesus demonstrated this in his own relationship with His Father. With simple trust He received everything from the Father.

It is an invitation to us to reflect upon how ready and willing we are to turn to God for the simple and clear answers to life’s most difficult questions with a childlike simplicity because He has answers to all the complex situations of our lives. Amen.

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