Wednesday of the fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Today I will reflectively read Philippians 2:5-11.
Matthew 11: 25-27
Almighty and ever-living God, I seek new strength
from the courage of Christ our shepherd. I believe in you, I hope in you, and I seek to love you
with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength. I want to be led one day to join
the saints in heaven, where your Son Jesus Christ lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one
God forever and ever.
Jesus, help me to seek you with a sincere
1. Hidden from the Wise:
Wisdom, knowledge and understanding comprise three
of seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. So in itself, being wise and learned cannot be an issue. Jesus is
here speaking of those whose pride and inflated ego make them wise and learned in their own
estimation and for their own purposes. The mysteries of God are thus hidden from them precisely
because they have focused their hearts and minds on themselves as the supreme good: "The greater a
being is, the more it wants to determine its own life. It wants to be less and less dependent and,
thus, more and more itself a kind of god, needing no one else at all. This is how the desire arises
to become free of all need, what we call pride" (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, God and the World, p.
125). In the end, it is they who have closed the door to God since God will never close the door on
2. Revealed to the Childlike:
Later in this same Gospel, Jesus will reaffirm
this basic truth in another way: "Unless you change and become like little children you will never
enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3). Even as adults we must never cease to be childlike,
uncomplicated and duly dependent. Children are not naturally complicated and deceitful. Hiding
behind masks and developing subterfuges is a tendency learned with time. Little by little we begin
to calculate, use excuses, ration out our generosity, and stray from the simplicity and rectitude of
the way God has marked out. We must strive to be sincere with our Lord and sincere with ourselves,
seeking to please him above all things. Failure in our lives is due to insincerity, that absence of
the total nobility and utmost loyalty needed to fulfill honorably what Our Lord asks of us.
3. Christ, The Revelation of the Father:
Knowledge of the Father is the ultimate
good man can possess because it corresponds to the deepest longing in the human heart for happiness.
St. Thomas Aquinas tells us that happiness lies in knowing that we possess the good we seek. We call
the full knowledge of the good possessed "heaven," which is our ultimate goal in life. To whom would
Jesus not wish to reveal the Father? Has anyone ever lived for whom Jesus did not desire to know the
Father and be in heaven? Jesus' actions – his preaching, his sacrifices and death on the cross –
demonstrate that he wants to reveal the Father to everyone. However he also chooses to need you and
me to help him achieve this goal. Do I really desire everyone to know the Father and reach heaven?
My actions will answer that question for me.
Conversation with Christ:
grant me the grace to possess the wisdom and knowledge that come from union with you while
maintaining the childlike dispositions that you ask. Help me to depend on you as a loving child.
Mother Most Pure, make my heart only for Jesus.
Today I will
reflectively read Philippians 2:5-11.