Revelation from the Holy Spirit

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 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 little children. Yes, Father, for this was Your gracious will. All things have been given to me by my Father, so that 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” Then He turned to His disciples and told them 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.” (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.)

My late mother was a wise and intelligent woman, who until the end of her life 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 one Monday morning when she came to the office, 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 parents’ medical attention, they had allowed the cardiologist and his family to stay in their apartment for free for the last 15 years. But ever since the death of her husband, 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, but she found that the heel of her shoe 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?

After a moment’s thought, I told her she had nothing to worry about, because she just had a vision of events to come. The broken heel of her dancing shoes signified her broken relationship with her former tenant. Shoes signify travel, and the pair of old rubber shoes were symbolic of the widow’s shabby treatment of her apartment, and abuse of my mother’s hospitality. 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 after all the kindness that had been shown to her. I said she should only be grateful that she was finally rid of that ungrateful woman. 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 wondered about it too, and replied that it could only have come from the Holy Spirit.

We thank You, dear God, for the inspiration and discernment that Your Holy Spirit gives us at the exact moment 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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