Approaching Scripture with Childlike Innocence

First Reading: 1 Is 10:5-7, 13b-16

Psalm: 94:5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 14-15

Gospel: Mt 11:25-27

Jesus came to reveal the Father to the people on this earth. He even taught us to pray first of all, “Father” (Mt 6:9). Jesus reveals the Father to anyone He wishes (Mt 11:27). Is there anyone to whom Jesus does not wish to reveal the Father? Since Jesus wants to reveal the Father to us, it obviously takes a hard heart and a closed mind to shut out Jesus’ revelation of the Father.

Jesus didn’t try to reveal the Father to Herod (Lk 23:9), which indicates that Herod had completely closed his heart and mind to God. However, He did attempt to reveal the Father to the Sanhedrin as they tried and condemned Him (Lk 22:69). He also tried to reveal the Father to Pharisees, Sadducees, scribes, and elders at various meals and in various situations (Mt 19:4; 21:31, 37; Lk 15:3, 22; 20:37). Since Jesus wanted so badly to reveal His Father to them, it’s understandable that He was grieved when they had closed their minds against Him (Mk 3:5).

We must constantly strive to become like little children before the Lord (Mt 18:3). We need an innocent heart to guard against the temptation to harden our hearts to the point that we have closed ourselves to Jesus’ revelation of the Father. We must also study the Scriptures regularly, even daily. “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ” (Catechism, 133) and of His revelation of the Father. “Oh, that today you would hear His voice: harden not your hearts” (Ps 95:7).

  • Llkazlas

    Like the gospel reads today though, you can know God without constantly pouring over the scriptures.  And yes, Jesus reveals God to anyone that he wants to, but so does God the Father.  A prompting or inspiration of the Holy Spirit can teach a person many things that they would not understand otherwise, without years of study.  Even then, the knowledge gained from years of study, might not come together at the exact moment in time, and for the exact situation, that it is needed.  The Holy Spirit can impart knowledge and a deeper awareness of the truth, in a single moment. This knowledge is imparted to us in a supernatural way, not by studying, but by our prayers and a simple trust in God.  God’s grace is a gift freely given, according to His gracious will.