At that time Jesus said, "I thank
you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have
hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and
have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was
your gracious will. All things have been handed over to
me by my Father; and no one knows the Son
except the Father, and no one knows the Father except
the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to
reveal him. Come to me, all you that are weary
and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you
rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me;
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you
will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is
easy, and my burden is light."
Introductory Prayer: Thank you again, Lord, for this opportunity
to spend time with you. I believe in you and
your love for me, and I look forward to that
day when we can embrace in heaven. Till then, I
want to show my love for you in words and
Petition: Jesus, grant me
a meek and humble heart like yours.
1. Counter Intelligence: Jesus thanks his heavenly Father
for hiding the divine truths from "the wise and the
intelligent" and revealing them to the little ones. Understanding the
ways of God requires a simple, pure heart. What we
might think of as "intelligence" can sometimes be little more
than just a talent for manipulating things or ideas or
people for our own ends. Someone, for instance, might be
clever at making and managing money, but ends up being
a poor steward by spending it on the wrong things.
Then there is a prideful intelligence that seems blind to
common sense. On the other side of the spectrum are
children, simple and trusting. They can accept the things of
God more easily. Trust in God´s word requires trust in
his love and mercy. It also requires a profound sense
of our own littleness compared to his greatness. Do I
have such an attitude when approaching him?
2. Like Father, Like Son: Jesus alone in
the world knew God the Father. Jesus came, in part,
to reveal his Abba. Not everyone understood this. Even the
Apostle Philip missed this part of Christ´s message. "Jesus said
to him, ´Have I been with you for so long
a time and you still do not know me, Philip?
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can
you say, ´Show us the Father´?" (John 14:9). Awareness that
Jesus reflects the image of his Father should help us
in prayer; it puts a human face on the Father,
so to speak. We might pray to Jesus´ mother, Mary,
with ease. Why not to his Father, too?
3. Model Meekness: It´s significant that Jesus
points to his meekness and humility when holding himself up
as a model for us. Notice that Our Lord doesn´t
point to his miracles, or his talent for catchy one-liners,
or even his devotion to his Mother. Rather, he highlights
his own meekness and humility. Jesus even shows these qualities
from the moment of his birth. "God is so powerful,"
said Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI in his Christmas midnight Mass homily
in 2005, "that he can make himself vulnerable and come
to us as a defenseless child, so that we can
love him." In turn, Jesus invites us to make ourselves
vulnerable, to open our hearts to others even at the
risk of being rejected. To incur such a risk is
to understand better what Christ did for us. Is Jesus
asking me to be more humble with someone?
Conversation with Christ: Lord, you know that
humility costs me a lot. It forces me to give
up my way of seeing things, of wanting to be
appreciated, of wanting always to be in control of everything.
Let me be more humble like you. If following you
means embracing humility, so be it. Give me the strength
to accept that.
will let others have the last word in conversation today.