Today's Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30
Most of us have taken classes, or enrolled in seminars and workshops and we may even have certificates, endorsements, and diplomas to prove it. A thirst for knowledge is a beautiful thing, especially if we are thirsting to know more about our Eternal Father and the gift of our Catholic Faith.
However the line in today’s gospel that reached up and smacked me between the eyes was “you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to the little ones.” Unfortunately “little ones” doesn’t refer to stature; it refers to the innocent trust and love of a child.
We spend way too many hours trying to be smart, wise adults who analyze and criticize and scrutinize everything, but God is calling us to push that aside and think, act, love, and trust him like a child. As we approach God’s font of mercy, grace, and love with the trust of a little one, he doesn’t disappoint; he blesses us with wisdom and understanding we can’t grab with an analytical adult mind. It’s as if he’s saying, “Come here; leave your books, empty your mind, plunk down at my feet and trust me to teach you something amazing!”
What things are going on in my life right now that I can approach with the trust and faith of a “little one” instead of the control and independence of a grown up?
Sweet Jesus, please scoop me up in your arms today and help me to love and trust you more. Help me feel the peace and joy of being snuggled like a child by someone who adores me.
Copyright 2014 Sheri Wohlfert
About the Author
Sheri is a Catholic wife, mom, speaker and teacher. She uses her great sense of humor and her deep faith to help others discover the joy of being a child of God. Her roots are in Kansas but her home is in Michigan. The mission of her ministry is to encourage others to look at the simple ways we can all find God doing amazing things smack dab in the middle of the laundry, ball games, farm chores and the hundred other things we manage to cram into a day. Sheri also writes at JoyfulWords.org.