Wednesday 17 July 2019
Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12. Psalm 102(103):1-4, 6-7. Matthew 11:25-27.
The Lord is kind and merciful – Psalm 102(103):1-4, 6-7
‘I bless you, Father, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children.’
Jesus had just been upbraiding the people for their lack of attention and their failure to heed his message. He seems to reveal his humanity here as he cherishes those who have accepted him. There’s a lovely graciousness in this exchange with his Father.
The ‘little children’ are the faithful followers who are open to Jesus and to his word. The educated class, who so often opposed Jesus, tended to use their knowledge as a tool of power to put people down. Children accept themselves and the world around them. We can learn much from them in the way they question and wonder.
Lord, grant me the gift of eyes to see as children see. Fill me with awe in your presence and send hope for my steps. Give me the grace to welcome you into my heart. Enable me to receive your presence with openness.