Hidden from the Wise

Matthew 11: 25-27
Isa 10:5-7,13b-16 / Ps 94

I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, and revealed them to the childlike.
(Matthew 11:25)

How do we show our gratitude
For all the blessings God has given?
We simply change our attitude,
And give with love like little children.

(On one occasion,) Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, and 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 those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.” (Matthew 11: 25-27)

Reflection

The simple and unlearned are usually compensated with a deeper faith. Human intelligence is often a stumbling block to a deeper understanding of God’s will. As we grow older and wiser in the ways of the world, we begin to lose the innocence and trusting attitude of a child. Instead, we become “adulterated” by undesirable traits like pragmatism, prejudice, and pride. As these character traits take root, child-like virtues like humility and simplicity – attributes that endear us to God – are displaced. No wonder, God prefers to reveal His truths to people who have less intelligence, maybe because as the saying goes, intelligent people are too smart for their own good. Come to think of it, most of the atheists and agnostics we know come from the intelligentsia, and are usually writers and philosophers. Most famous of the more tragic ones was Ernest Hemingway, who said, “All thinking men are atheists.” There was also Virginia Wolfe, the famous English novelist, who committed suicide because she was going insane. This was the same problem of the famous painter, Vincent Van Gogh, who ended his life, being too brilliant for his own good. Then there’s the infamous philosopher, Nietzsche, who said that death was the ultimate liberation. Another agnostic who took his life was Voltaire, who declared that “In one hundred years the Bible will be forgotten and eliminated.” The irony of his life was that shortly after his death, his residence became the headquarters of the Geneva Bible Society, a major distribution center for the Book that he predicted would not last. Not to be forgotten is the famous Mark Twain, who said, ” It is not the parts of the Bible that I cannot understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.” How sad that one so brilliant in words could be so blind to the Word of God. Then of course there’s Hitler, the mass murderer who did not spare his own life. All of these brilliant minds were so full of themselves that they found life to be empty and meaningless.

God is stern to the proud, but is kind to the humble (Prov.3:34). That is because God wants us to depend fully on Him, that we may not be swayed by the temptations of Satan who deceives us with the forbidden fruit of false freedom. By the sin of pride the prince of lies had fallen, and by his lies he plays on men’s pride. Only the humble of heart can receive divine wisdom from the Holy Spirit to understand God as our Father, submitting to His Word with child-like trust and humility. St. Paul gives us a clearer perspective of God’s plans when he wrote: “God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God” (1 Cor.1:27-29).
We thank You, Lord Jesus, for the lessons that we have learned from Your teachings in the Gospel, lessons that the worldly and the wise of this world ignore in their pursuit of temporal things, but precious to us who believe that they will help us to gain eternal life. Amen.

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