Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Reflection: Matthew 11:25-27

Wednesday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time – Matthew 11: 25-27

Today we eavesdrop on Jesus as He converses with His Father.  Jesus is praising the goodness and graciousness of God for revealing to the childlike what is hidden to the learned.  How would you describe people who are child-like (in the best sense of the word)?  What are some of the characteristics these individuals possess?  How do they approach life?  Are they enjoyable to be around?

In our world, we typically esteem individuals who are learned and wise, and rightly so.  However, there are many different kinds of wisdom.  There is the wisdom that comes from many years of study and learning.  There also is street wisdom that we learn in our encounters with other human beings.  And then there is the wisdom we learn by daily living the mystery of life.   Stop and ask yourself: Do I appreciate and give thanks for the wisdom I glean from my daily experience?

Jesus does not want us to be childish.  Rather Jesus desires that we be childlike. What are the qualities of children you wish to cultivate:  innocence, trust, or transparency?  Or it is the ability to see beauty and joy in the world?  Or is may be the inner freedom to simply be who you are or to “be playful”, no matter what age you are?

Today I invite to you be childlike (not childish).  Allow your inner child to emerge!  You may find that your day is more relaxed, enjoyable, and peaceful!

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