The Folly of the Learned

Isa 11:1-10 / Psa 72

. . . “You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.”
(Luke 10:21)

It is in the faith of a child
That His mysteries God will reveal;
Therefore, stay always undefiled
That we may know the Father’s will.

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, 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 is what you were pleased to do.” Then He addressed His apostles: “All things have been committed to me 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 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)


In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and exulted. (Luke 10:21) when He told His disciples: “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.10:24).

Sometimes it is our knowledge that makes us least responsive to God’s Word. Pride in our knowledge can make us blind in our faith. Interesting to note that most of the apostles that our Lord hand-picked were simple, uneducated folk. Like little children, they were so trusting, obedient, innocent and humble — and without the Lord’s guidance, totally helpless. And yet, they later formed the foundation and pillars of the early church.

It’s not to say that our Lord was biased against the more educated. Saints Paul, Matthew and Luke employed their intellectual skills in propagating the Gospel. But like the rest of Jesus’ leaders, they abandoned their worldly ambitions and chose instead to serve, spreading the Good News of God’s kingdom in obedience to the mandate of the Savior.

Is it just human nature, or is it really part of the divine paradox that those who put too much importance in their intelligence put less weight on their faith? One thing’s for sure, the childlike who puts all his trust in God’s providence worry less about the ways of the world, which are just too complicated for him. The children of God choose to remain innocent to avoid the complexities of life and the burdens of self-importance. Proud people can never have true wisdom; only the humble attract this gift from God.

Thank You, dear God for making us see that our faith in Your designs and confidence in all Your promises are enough to make life a lot simpler . . . and more meaningful. Amen.

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