Tuesday, 1st Week of Advent (4th December, 2018)
First Reading: Is 11: 1-10 (A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse)
Gospel: Lk 10: 21- 24 (No-one knows who the Son is except the Father)
In today’ s Gospel, Jesus is thanking the Father in heaven for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing it to the children.
This is much similar to the verse of Mathew 5 : 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”
The clever and the learned are those who feel that they have the knowledge and wisdom all by themselves and are hardly receptive; while the children represents the ones, who believe in the Grace and who seek HIS divine wisdom.
The relationship between the heavenly father and the son Jesus is very clearly stated in today’s passage.
The fact that many things that the disciples are able to see and hear, were not revealed to the many prophets and kings. This is an encouragement to us to be like children, eager to learn and to acknowledge the one who teaches.
During my child hood I was blessed to study in a Jesuit school and it has been instilled in me by the Rector priest then, to thank the lord at all times and give the credit of all our achievements to Him, our Lord Christ Jesus, so that we receive more and more. Hence the phrase, ‘not on my merit, but on HIS (Jesus Christ) grace’ has been deep rooted in me. This advice has certainly enhanced the child in me in a big way.
Let’s pray to be childlike during this season of advent and welcome the new born Jesus in true innocence. Amen.