of Creighton University's Online Ministries
July 13th, 2011
Dennis Hamm, S.J.
Click here for a photo of and information on this writer.
Because of that unresponsiveness, Jesus addresses some prophecies of doom to the nearby towns who had witnessed most of his miracles—Bethsaida, Tyre, Sidon, Capernaum—but remained unconverted.
Then Jesus is moved to exclaim, I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and learned you have revealed them to the childlike. So, having told the adults in his audience (folks at least curious enough to stop to hear him) that they are like spoiled brats that fail to respond to their playmates, he praises the Father for revealing “these things” not to the wise and learned but to “the childlike” (other translations have “babes,” “little ones,” or “infants”).
Naturally, when we hear that we have to wonder: what does it take to “get small” so we can respond appropriately to Jesus today? How do I avoid the danger of being so “wise” or “learned” that I fail to hear Jesus properly? I can only think that it means slowing down, paying attention, recognizing my actual smallness and my de facto dependence on lots of others, especially God the Father. That means spending time alone, in silence, and speaking to my Father who sees in secret. Then I may recognize a wedding or a funeral when one comes around. Then I may hear what the Lord is saying.
Collaborative Ministry Office Guestbook