Revealed to God’s Children

Luke 10: 21-24
Is 11: 1-10 / Ps 72: 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17

…you have hidden these things from the wise and learned…
(Luke 10: 21)

Life’s mysteries God will reveal
To those whose hearts are undefiled,
We’ll come to know our Father’s will
If we have the faith of a child.

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” (Luke 10: 21-24)

Reflection

To whom does the Holy Spirit choose to reveal His wisdom? Jesus said it is not to the learned and the self-sufficient, but to those who are helpless and dependent on Him, those whom God can mold like clay in His hands (Isa 64:7). Can this be the reason why He wants us to assume the innocent attitude of little children? (Mt. 18:3.)

My mother was a wise and intelligent woman, who at the age of 84 was still sharp and kept abreast with current events in politics, business and the arts. She was also gifted with a keen intuition, and even experienced visions she could not explain. She was not in her usual cheerful disposition when she entered the office one Monday morning, and related sadly that her tenant, the widow of her cardiologist had suddenly vacated the apartment beside her house without so much as a formal goodbye. In consideration for my mother’s and late father’s medical attention, the cardiologist and his family had been staying in my mother’s apartment for free for the last 15 years. But ever since his death, his widow had neglected the maintenance of the apartment, which had become filthy and gone to seed.

The other reason my mother felt out of sorts was that she had a strange dream the previous Friday. She dreamed that a dance instructor she did not know had asked her to dance with him, but she saw that the heel of her shoe was broken, and politely begged off. But he insisted, and offered to lend her a pair of shoes, which he even put on her feet. She was shocked to see that they were very old rubber shoes, one even had a hole with her toe sticking out. Then the dream ended. What could this strange dream mean?

I was surprised at how easily the meaning of the dream came to me. I told her she had nothing to worry about, because it was just a vision of what was to come. The broken heel of her dancing shoes simply meant that her relationship with her former tenant would be broken. Shoes signify travel, and the old rubber shoes signified her leaving, after abusing my mother’s hospitality and her apartment. The man’s gesture, (offering a pair of tattered rubber shoes) after she had refused to dance with him, was as absurd as the tenant’s attitude after all the kindness that had been shown to her. I told her she should only be grateful that she was finally rid of her ungrateful tenant. My mother felt quite relieved with that interpretation. She thanked me and wondered how I had come across the answer to her puzzling dream. I told her it could only have come from the Holy Spirit.

We thank You, dear God, for the inspiration and discernment that Your Holy Spirit gifts us in the exact time that we are in need of answers. You have filled us with joy knowing that nothing in this world can confound us, because we are the children of a wise and loving Father. Amen.

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