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 without guile,
We’ll come to know our Father’s will
If we have the faith of a child.

At that time, Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been Your gracious will. I have been given all things 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, turning to His disciples, He said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see; for I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” (Lk.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.)

When she was still alive, my mother, a wise and intelligent woman, who at 84 years was still sharp, kept abreast with current events in politics, business and the arts. She was 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 sadly related how the widow of her late cardiologist had suddenly vacated the apartment beside her house without so much as a formal goodbye. The cardiologist and his family had been staying in my mother’s apartment for free for the last 15 years in consideration for our parents’ medical attention. But since his death, the widow’s apartment had become filthy and run down with neglect.

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 asked her to dance with him (dancing had become a preoccupation that probably extended her life), but she saw that the heel of one of her shoes was broken, and politely declined. 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. What could this strange dream mean?

At the time, I could not explain how the answer came to mind immediately, but I told her she had nothing to worry about, because she just had a vision of what was to come. The broken heel of her dancing shoe signified her broken relationship with her former tenant. Shoes signify travel, and the old rubber shoes signified the widow’s leaving, after abusing my mother’s hospitality and her apartment. The man’s gesture, (offering old tattered rubber shoes) after she had refused to dance with him, was as absurd as the tenant’s attitude, and the bad condition of the apartment they left behind, after all the kindness that had been shown to them. Thus, she should only be grateful that she was finally rid of her. My mother felt quite relieved with that interpretation. She thanked me and wondered how I had come across the answer to her puzzling dream so quickly. I told her, “It probably came 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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