15th Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Is 10:5-7, 13b-16
Thus says the LORD: Woe to Assyria! My rod in anger, my staff in wrath. Against an impious nation I send him, and against a people under my wrath I order him To seize plunder, carry off loot, and tread them down like the mud of the streets. But this is not what he intends, nor does he have this in mind; Rather, it is in his heart to destroy, to make an end of nations not a few. For he says: “By my own power I have done it, and by my wisdom, for I am shrewd. I have moved the boundaries of peoples, their treasures I have pillaged, and, like a giant, I have put down the enthroned. My hand has seized like a nest the riches of nations; As one takes eggs left alone, so I took in all the earth; No one fluttered a wing, or opened a mouth, or chirped!” Will the axe boast against him who hews with it? Will the saw exalt itself above him who wields it? As if a rod could sway him who lifts it, or a staff him who is not wood! Therefore the Lord, the LORD of hosts, will send among his fat ones leanness, And instead of his glory there will be kindling like the kindling of fire.
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.”
THE WISDOM OF GOD: God’s ways are different and difficult to fathom it. God reveals himself through various events and various people in unexpected ways. Our efforts are in vain unless it is supported by God’s grace. It is in vain the labor’s labor if it is not built by God (cf. Psalm: 127:1). Sometimes there is tendency to depend on our capabilities and strengths. While it is true that we need to be supported by God’s grace in all that we undertake while it is necessary to do our best. We know that the Pharisees and the Scribes, wise in their conceit, seeking men’s praise rather than seeking truth, and therefore shut out from the knowledge that requires above all things sincerity of purpose. The disciples of Jesus on the contrary received the truth like little children and Jesus rejoiced in their faith and in their understanding.
Prayer: Grant us your wisdom and knowledge O Lord.
REMAIN HUMBLE: Every nation and ruler is under God’s control. So, Assyria, used to punish the impious Israel, should not exalt herself, for God does not bear with the arrogant. The Gospel too 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.”
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.