A Revelation to the Humble

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

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.
(Matthew 11:25)

Do not crave for worldly wisdom,
In its glory none can be fulfilled;
Humbly seek to know God’s kingdom,
And its mysteries will be revealed.

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 revelation of man’s salvation was never meant only for those who are smart and intelligent. In fact, at the onset, Jesus revealed His mysteries first to the intellectually disadvantaged. We read in the book of Proverbs that “God deals sternly with the arrogant, but shows kindness to the humble” (Prov 3:34). In the letter of St. James, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (Jam 4:6). God, however, is not biased against the wise and the learned, but only more compassionate to those who have less in wisdom and understanding. We find that in many cases. it is their erudition and intelligence that handicap the intellectual elite because they have become proud of their knowledge.

One of the lasting legacies of the Jesuits in drawing young men into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is a week-end seminar called “Days with the Lord” which started in the late 1960’s at the Ateneo de Manila University. One of the seminar’s graduates introduced this spiritual formation to our alma mater in Davao City, and taking a bolder step, decided to invite out-of-school youths from the city’s poorer quarters. Almost 40 years and more than 400 batches later, the “Days with the Lord” has become a true brotherhood in the grassroots community, devoted to the fellowship and values of “Bro. Jess”, while its school-based more intellectual counterpart has transformed itself into a fraternity, banned by the very religious order that started it. The former remains faithful to the “Blue Book” for its seminars, and is under the guidance and ministry of Fr. Malley, a Jesuit priest. Its leaders are mostly humble high school graduates, whose speakers share the Word of God in the vernacular. They have changed the lives of thousands of the unschooled in Davao’s slum areas. Lack of resources have not diminished their enthusiasm to share “Bro. Jess”’s love to the disadvantaged, who have opened their hearts and minds to the transforming power of the Gospel. How this movement has thrived and grown can only be the work of the Holy Spirit, and the will of our Lord Jesus to reveal Himself to the least of God’s children.

This grassroots movement is reminiscent of how Christ’s early Church started. Composed mostly of uneducated fishermen and common village folk, their followers grew in number, in spite of the persecutions and lack of a structured organization or even resources. Through the centuries, Christianity has spread to all the corners of the world, appealing to all people, both rich and poor, nobles and commoners, intellectuals and unlettered, testifying to the truth that this can only be the work of God.

God is not selective in inviting us to join His flock. He is reminding us that whatever our status in life may be, even if we are illiterate, we have the hope of one day sharing in His glory. And if we are humble enough to accept our limitations, be penitent of our sins, and lift our lives to Him in total surrender of faith, then our way to Him will be greatly assured.

Father God, we praise and thank You for revealing Yourself to us in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ. To His Word and to His Church’s ministry, help us to be faithful. Amen.

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