I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.
These words of Jesus from today’s gospel passage remind us to resist the temptation to consider ourselves the “learned” ones who know the Father and the Son because of our scripture study, or our church going, or our devotional life. Jesus makes it clear that we must be childlike to truly come to know him and the Father.
Isn’t that hard for us to accept? Aren’t we sure that if only we know more and work harder on our faith life God will love us more? Don’t we all at some level believe the we find God through our intellect, instead of through our heart? I know sometimes I think these things.
Only Jesus can reveal the Father to us, and only if we put away our reliance on reason and expand our trust in him.
Lord, today let me be humble and childlike so that you can open my mind and heart.