Daily Reflection
From a Creighton Student's Perspective

October 4th, 2008

Kate Macan

Senior, Theology/Spanish double major, Justice and Peace Studies minor

Jb 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17
Ps 119:66, 71, 75, 91, 125, 130
Lk 10:17-24

“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” Luke 10:21

This theme of having a “childlike” faith is one that is common throughout the gospels, especially the Gospel of Luke. Despite the repetition of this theme, I still think it is a difficult concept to grasp. Why would innocence be preferred to wisdom and knowledge? In our day and age, this seems like an incredible contradiction, with the great emphasis that is placed on empiricism and education.

Perhaps it all has something to do with returning to our natural state. We all came into the world as babies, dependent on others to care for us, teach us, and love us. And, whether or not we choose to acknowledge it (especially in this culture), we are constantly dependent on our fellow human beings to support us during our journey on this earth. Fundamentally, we are creatures of God, children of the Lord. If we compare our spiritual nature with our temporal nature, then it would seem that we too should remain forever dependent on God, just as children are dependent on their caregivers and we depend on one another. The idea that one is completely capable of caring for oneself is inherently opposed to the idea of a “childlike” faith and goes against our created nature.

Likewise, in this gospel reading we get the sense of the great value God places on the ordinary for it is written, “For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” The Lord clearly prefers to offer revelation to those who maintain a childlike faith, not seeking power, control, or success, but rather dependence. Many kings and prophets fell into states of idolatry, making themselves, others or possessions into idols, thus abandoning God. Hence, they were not able to hear and see the Glory of the Lord. The Glory of God is available to all. Experiencing the glory is wholly a matter of choosing to be available to receive it by being dependent and relying on God.

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