The Privilege of the Innocent

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, such has been Your gracious will. I have been given all things 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 said 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.” (Luke 10:21-24)


Jesus rejoiced upon the return of the seventy-two disciples from their successful mission, and shared their joy because God had exalted them with wisdom, as He had humbled the wise and the learned by their lack of it. The Holy Spirit chooses to reveal His wisdom 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.)

The innocence of the little ones never fail to gladden our hearts because they are so dependent on us. But it makes us even happier when they reveal wisdom beyond their years. When my wife expressed her fear in the proper operation of her new i-pad, our 8-year old grandson casually told her, “Don’t panic, Lollie.” Three wise words from the mouth of a child that gave his grandma confidence to handle this new contraption. We oldies have much to learn from the youngsters too.

“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.” The disciples of Jesus were fortunate to have seen the wonders that He performed, and heard His words of wisdom first-hand. But aren’t we more fortunate than they are because of the modern wonders that we see in this present age, and at the same time seeing with the eyes of faith the glory that awaits us in our intimate knowledge of the Lord Jesus? We have the Gospel writers to thank for that, for the words of our Savior have come down to us through their written testimonies. Of course we could not have established such a relationship with Jesus and the Father without the influence of the Holy Spirit. As St. Paul said: “’No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him’ — but God has revealed this to us through His Spirit.” (1Cor.2:9-10) Blessed are our eyes indeed, because we now see differently—our faith has transformed us. “…whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2Cor.5:17) Our old ways are no longer important in our new life, which is full of joy in the Spirit. According to St. Paul, “I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.” (Phil.3:8)

We thank You, dear God, for the inspiration and discernment that Your Holy Spirit has given us. 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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