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.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
In today’s reading, Jesus advises the Scribes and Pharisees that being wise and intelligent may not be the best way of seeing the world. Looking at Jesus through eyes of judgment, they were quick to blame and criticize him. They did not know the Son or the Father. Where was their child-like innocence hiding?
Little children see a different world than we adults do. They have total trust in their parents. They believe the impossible and say innocent prayers. Jesus is very real to them. They stoop to admire small wonders on the sidewalk. They delight in simplicity. Joy is the air they breathe.
Today can you find God in all things by paying attention to small wonders God places before you? Practice taking delight in the awe-someness of God’s creation. Be joyful. Remove your adult Pharisee eyes, and you shall see what the Son chooses to reveal to you.
—Diane Amento Owens is a spiritual director who encourages her directees to see the world through the lens of Ignatian spirituality.
Help me to know you, Jesus, in the faces and places of my day. Help me to see your presence, God, in your glorious handiwork hidden in a leaf, a flower, a bug. Open my eyes and my heart to who you are and where you are today. Help me to see the world through childlike eyes. Reveal yourself to me, your beloved little child.
—Diane Ament Owens
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