Daily Reflection for Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!
We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12
Responsorial: Psalm 103:1b-2, 3-4, 6-7
Gospel: Matthew 11:25-27
Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
“I give praise to you, 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.." (Matthew 11:25)
Okay, so first, everyone up to now in my life has been RIGHT about one thing at least. Grandchildren are THE BEST! In fact, having them first would have been amazing!
Now, consider today’s readings and how my statement regarding grandchildren applies. As I prayed with these verses from the gospel of Matthew, I was reminded that God tells us several times in the New Testament to have the faith of a child to really connect with Him. In this passage, He tells us that He has revealed much to those who are childlike.
Being childlike for me has become increasingly easier in the presence of our 11-month-old grandson. Spending time with him brings me to a whole new level of joy. The simplest surroundings and the most basic of items bring pleasure and awe to him. The whole world is new, and every day brings new discoveries. The twinkle in his eye, the smile that quickly and frequently shows up on his face, and his infectious laugh all give me pause. Why can’t I greet each day this way? What keeps me from seeing and knowing the simple joy of each breath?
I take note of the words “wise and learned.” I have always taken pride in my intellect and my desire to continue to learn and grow; however, I realize that being too focused on my human ability to have knowledge may keep me from gaining heavenly insights.
God’s gift and reminder to continue my childlike awe comes in the form of a soft, cuddly, curious infant. Wow, could this be one of the many reasons why God chose to send Jesus to us as a baby! There is much hidden joy in simply being present with a child sitting on the floor. Time spent staring into each others’ eyes, reading books, touching different textures and objects together, and exploring the world around us. Each of these moments lead to new discoveries and a sense of profound wonder.
How might we become more childlike today in order to experience what God wants to reveal to us?
In Heartfelt Joy,