God’s Little Children

Matthew 11:25-27
Exo 3:1-6,9-12 / Ps 103

You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.
(Matthew 11:25)

Too much knowledge may lead to pride,
Best to be humble in our ways,
Just let God’s Word lead, be our guide,
So that our wisdom be His grace.

At that time Jesus 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 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 “Little children” who are not wise and learned are usually compensated by having a lot of faith. Human understanding and knowledge often become stumbling blocks to the wisdom of God’s ways. 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 attributes like humility and simplicity – character traits that endear us to God – lose importance and are displaced.

Proverbs 3:34 says, “God is stern to the proud, but is kind to the humble.” 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 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).

During our college days in Manila, my friend Nick and I joined the “Days with the Lord” week-end seminar, a course designed for the youth to develop an intimate knowledge and relationship with “Jess”, our Brother and Savior. Nick was so moved by the Holy Spirit that he introduced the seminar to an exclusive boys’ school when we went home to our province after graduation. He also invited out-of-school young men from the rural areas, believing that these “little children” would be more receptive to the Word of God. He was right. The “Days with the Lord” seminars in the exclusive school did not last long, but the seminars in the grassroots level have continued up to the present, “graduating” over 440 batches in the last 40 years.

It is the poor and marginalized, more than the privileged class, who put their trust in the Lord. In the eyes of the proud they may be ignorant and helpless, but in the end they will have the last laugh, because as children of God they have genuine faith.

Lord, give us the simplicity and pure faith of a child, devoid of fear or doubt, but full of confidence in your mercy and love. Take away all our cynicisms and pride which hinder us from following Your ways and words in humble submission. Amen.

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