JULY 14. Ord Time B. Wk.15. Wed. Mt.11. 25-27
Updated: Sep 10
Jesus exclaimed, ‘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 the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’
Christ makes an important point in this short reading; - namely Faith and belief in his teachings does not require one be “learned and clever”; - which was how the scribes and Pharisees saw themselves.
And the Gospel goes even further in that Jesus makes the point the Father will even hide the truth from those who considered themselves “wise!”
And there is another important lesson revealed today we often overlook, and that is the fact the gift of Faith is just that; - a gift from God; - with Christ making this clear in his prayer; -
“‘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!”
Note how Christ reveals the sentiments in his own heart with this prayer in that he gives thanks for what the Father has done; - which is not something one does if you are claiming to be wise and clever yourself!
In saying “I bless you Father, Lord of heaven and earth” Christ is giving thanks to the Father for revealing the truth to those who are humble of heart; - the message being the Father reveals the truth to those who see themselves as “mere children!”
This was certainly not how Christ’s enemies would have described themselves as they saw themselves as having the wisdom needed to be the “law makers!”
While Christ was clearly saddened by those who would not believe; - he was clearly pleased by those who humbly accepted his teachings with simple faith; - rather than trust in their own wisdom or knowledge!
It is interesting to contrast the humble believers he is praising in today’s Gospel with the one’s he was dealing with in yesterday’s reading, where “the learned and the clever” refused to believe; - even after observing him perform miracles!
There is something very special in today’s Gospel in that it is pointing out Faith is a unique gift from the Father and that we need to see it this way; - rather than something we have the ability to obtain by giving priority to “learning” and “study!”
Certainly, these have their place, but there is always the danger those who pursue Faith via study will put themselves in the category of “the learned and the clever”; - a danger that does not exist for those who put their trust in “Prayer, Sacrament and Devotion to Mary!”
“Learn from me; - for I am meek and humble of heart; - and you will find rest for your soul!”
Gospel Acclamation cf.Mt11:25
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.
First reading Exodus 3:1-6,9-12 · The burning bush
Moses was looking after the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, priest of Midian. He led his flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in the shape of a flame of fire, coming from the middle of a bush. Moses looked; there was the bush blazing but it was not being burnt up. ‘I must go and look at this strange sight,’ Moses said, ‘and see why the bush is not burnt.’
Now the Lord saw him go forward to look, and God called to him from the middle of the bush. ‘Moses, Moses!’ he said. ‘Here I am,’ Moses answered. ‘Come no nearer,’ he said. ‘Take off your shoes, for the place on which you stand is holy ground. I am the God of your fathers,’ he said, ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.’ At this Moses covered his face, afraid to look at God.
And the Lord said, ‘The cry of the sons of Israel has come to me, and I have witnessed the way in which the Egyptians oppress them, so come, I send you to Pharaoh to bring the sons of Israel, my people, out of Egypt.’
Moses said to God, ‘Who am I to go to Pharaoh and bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?’ ‘I shall be with you,’ was the answer ‘and this is the sign by which you shall know that it is I who have sent you... After you have led the people out of Egypt, you are to offer worship to God on this mountain.’