Father Jon Budke, LC
Luke 10: 21-24
Jesus rejoiced in
the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise,
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 who the Son is except the Father, and
who the Father is except the Son and anyone to
whom the Son wishes to reveal him.” Turning to
the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes
that see what you see. For I say to
you, many prophets and kings desired to see what
but did not see it, and to
hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
Introductory Prayer: Christ, I believe that you can
put my talents to good use. I hope that you
will allow me to come to know you better
each day. I love you and trust that you are
guiding me through life. Not only are you guiding
me in my life; you are also letting others
be edified by my example.
Petition: Lord, help
me to trust in you through every circumstance of life.
God Reveals Himself to the Childlike: We long to
know Christ better. How we yearn to understand a
little more about God and his infinite love! Our small
intellects can barely lay hold of any notion or
attribute of the Divine Persons. Even if we were
to study long hours, we would come to the conclusion
that our learning is nothing. True knowledge of Christ
and of God doesn’t come by learning from books.
True knowledge of Christ and of God is revealed to
those who learn to quiet their souls in prayer.
We need to imitate the resourceful little child who
falls on the ground and then runs to his mother
to be scooped up in a loving embrace. If
we can remember our littleness on one hand and God’s
pure, loving benevolence on the other, we’ll permit—even delight
in—his wiping away from our faces the blood and
tears caused by our sins. Only when we surrender
ourselves into God’s forgiving, tender hands can we say that
we know him.
2. God Chooses the Childlike: Christ singles
out each one of us for a particular mission in
life. We might think of the many people around
us––educated, wise, learned people––who would surely be better suited
for the calling at hand, who could do a
far better job than we could. However, Christ isn’t looking
always for the cleverest person, the one with the
quickest wit, or the one with the best education.
Many times he scrutinizes the corners of the globe for
the soul that is innocent, open to his plan,
and willing to carry it out. Simplicity and humility
are the key words when it comes to being chosen
by God to participate more actively in his plan
3. The Childlike Can Entrust the Bigger Picture
to God: How many prophets and kings longed for
the time of Christ, when the work of salvation would
be fulfilled! During their time of waiting they left
us an example of constancy and dedication to the
things of God, despite never seeing many of the things
promised them. They played an active role in leading
and guiding the people of their time, but they
didn’t see the fulfillment of all God’s entire design. God
asks us to be like them, planting the seeds
of redemption that may not sprout for years. We, like
the prophets, aren’t always given the grace to see
the entire picture. That is part of being childlike:
trusting that God our Father knows what he is doing.
Cardinal John Henry Newman prayed in his famous poem,
The Pillar of the Cloud:
“Keep thou my feet: I do
not ask to see
the distant scene – one step enough
Do I entrust the big picture of my life
to God my Father, or do I try to
yank the “video control” from his loving hands?
with Christ:Christ, I don’t ask for great understanding or knowledge.
Help me to accept with the simplicity and trust
of a child all that you want to do in
me. I don’t ask for great insight into the
depths of your divine attributes. I just want to
grow in friendship with you, and I know that means
I need an unshakeable confidence in your infinite love
for me. I want to allow you to love
me and direct me according to your good will.
Resolution: I will open my heart more widely to God’s
plan for my life.