DEC. 1. ADVENT. WK 1. (B). TUES. Lk. 10. 21-24.
Lk. 10. 21-24 DECEMBER 1 Advent. Tue. Wk 1.
Filled with joy by the Holy Spirit, Jesus said:
‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’
Then turning to his disciples he spoke to them in private, ‘Happy the eyes that see what you see, for I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it.’
What Christ is teaching his disciples in this reading is how fortunate are those who have received the gift of Faith: “I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children.”
This is a truth we easily overlook and this can effect our relationships with others such as when we are critical of people who do not act in accord with what we believe to be right; - but how easily we “overlook” this truth; - that they do not have the gift of Faith?
Why God has given this gift to some, and not to others, is one of the mysteries we will probably never understand in this life, but I suspect.a major reason relates to the duties of Christians to intercede with God for both unbelievers and sinners; - in imitation of Christ!
“From he is who has been given much; - much will be expected!”
We need to remember this truth, not only in regard to our duty to intercede for non-believers, but also when we are critical or judgemental toward them when they do not act in accord with Christ’s teachings! Why would they; - if they have not received the gift of Faith?
But there is a separate message here for Christians that we also need to ponder: “Happy the eyes that see what you see, for I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it.”
We need to be very conscious of the enormity of the gift we have received in the Faith; - as it provides us with everything we need in order to enter into an intimate relationship with God via Humility, Prayer and Sacrament.
But how quickly, and easily we “overlook” this gift; - and the duties that flow from it?
Adoration, Worship, Devotion to Mary, Gratitude, Obedience, Self-denial, Prayer, Charity, Reception of the Sacraments; - just to name a few of the duties and obligations that flow from our having been given such an enormous Gift!
“No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son; - and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Because Christ has chosen to reveal the gift of Faith to some of his people, it follows there are serious duties and obligations on those same people; - and we will be judged on how well we have performed those duties! One of the reasons why we need to make use of the Advent period; - to imitate and follow Christ more closely!!