“Seeking to depend and trust more in the Lord, with a childlike faith, so that the Lord may rejoice in us and He – the Wisdom – may reveal Himself more and more to us!”
(Based on Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16 and Mt 11:25-27 – Wednesday of the 15th Week of Ordinary Time)
A little girl child was to undergo a risky surgery.
She was placed upon the table and the surgeon was about to render her a dose of anaesthesia.
“Before we can make you well, dear, we must put you to sleep”, said the surgeon to the li’l girl.
With a cute smile, she said sweetly, “Oh, if you are going to put me to sleep, I must say my prayers first.”
So she got on her knees and said the child’s prayer.
“Now I can go to sleep,” said the sweet child.
The surgeon, later, testified that this action of the child moved his heart greatly…
… and he himself, prayed, that night, for the first time, in thirty years!
The power of the little child to influence was amazing…
… even on a person who was much older to her!
There is great sincerity and openness in the actions of little children.
There is immense authenticity and truthfulness in the deeds of little ones.
It is this childlike faith and simplicity that finds an expression of appreciation from our Blessed Lord in today’s Gospel.
Jesus says, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes” (Mt 11:25)
When we go back to the first book of the Bible – Genesis – and to the Garden of Eden, we encounter the first temptation scene – between the serpent and Eve.
It is interesting to note the words, when the serpent tempts Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit, and Eve puts forth the reason for not eating:
The serpent says, “… God knows well that the moment you eat of it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods who know what is good and what is bad” (Gen 3:6)
The woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes and desirable for “gaining wisdom” (Gen 3:7)
This then was the first temptation: To Know – seeking for wisdom; seeking for knowledge.
However the Lord says that wisdom is hidden from the wise and the understanding, and instead revealed to the babes, to those childlike.
As Prophet Isaiah declares, the Lord has all power and wisdom: “By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom, for I have understanding…” (Is 10:13)
What makes the Divine Wisdom to hide from the wise and reveal to the childlike instead?
We could consider a couple of reasons….
- The wise depend on their own strength; the childlike have a sense of dependency
One of the qualities or rather a condition of little children is their “helplessness”!
Little children are helpless…
… to be taking care of even their basic needs
… to be able to meet their basic emotions
They therefore have a sense of dependency!
- The wise have over-confidence in themselves; the childlike trust on others
Another quality of children is their basic sense of “trust”
They tend to easily trust the others…
… in meeting their needs and in having what they desire
… in being protected and being taken care safely
These two great qualities of the childlike are what helps the Divine wisdom to be revealed to them:
A sense of dependency: Depending on God, the Father in every moment of life
A sense of trust: Trusting in the Lord for every need and believing in His providence
The Gospel of the Day makes us to examine our own lives and check the level of childlike qualities that we possess…
Do I possess a sense of Dependency on the Lord…
… or is my reliance only on my own self-worth and abilities?
Do I possess a sense of Trust in the Lord…
… or do I fall into constant anxieties and apprehensions?
May we seek to depend and trust more in the Lord, with a childlike faith, so that the Lord may rejoice in us and He – the Wisdom – may reveal Himself more and more to us!
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “Children learn to speak by hearing their mother talk, and stammering forth their childish sounds in imitation
And so if we cleave to the Saviour in meditation, listening to His words, watching His actions and intentions…