Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Gospel: Mt 11: 25-27
At that time Jesus exclaimed: “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 childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
REVELATION OF GOD: When the right time had come, God chose to reveal himself to Moses the chosen vessel of His mission to free His people. It is quite interesting to note that God did not choose the great and powerful people for such a tasking mission, instead he chose Moses who at this time was merely tending his in-law’s flock having done it for forty years. He had lost even his confidence in speech but God had chosen Him from birth. In the Gospel we see that God reveals himself to babes leaving the learned. Jesus says that it is only Him that knows the father and those that He reveals to. Like Moses was humbled from the palace to the desert, we need to humble ourselves like children for God to reveal His will to us.
PRAYER: Let us pray for the disposition to hear God’s call and the grace never to count on our skills and talents.
REMAIN HUMBLE: The Gospel upholds the virtue of humility. After having expressed his sadness over the rejection of the chosen people, the wise and the learned, Jesus is happy that the people who were considered incapable of understanding – the children, the poor, the gentles – recognize him as the Messiah. He thanks his Father for enabling them to see the truth. Are we among “the little ones” or “the wise and the intelligent”? Let us know that Jesus reveals the Father to whomever he wishes. Saint Bonaventure is a model of humility. His innocence and dove-like simplicity were such that Alexander of Hales said of him, “It seems as though Adam never sinned in him”. He himself says, “The proud demons flee before the lofty virtues of the humble.”