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The Childlike in Myself

December 3, 2013

Reflection:

 

Sometimes it’s a little difficult to feel sure just what the message of the Gospel reading is. Rejoicing in the Holy Spirit and praising the Father Jesus says, “I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children.” I don’t know about you, but mostly I don’t feel either learned or clever or much like a child at all, and so I’m left wondering where to find myself in this reading? And what is it Jesus is saying about the Father revealing “these things” to little children. It’s mysterious, isn’t it? And yet, in its simplicity it sounds like there’s something I might just be able to apprehend. If God has revealed things to “mere” children, to the childlike, then getting in touch with what is childlike in myself might just be message enough.

 

Thought Questions:

 

So, stop and ask yourself, what is it about being childlike that God is looking for me in me? What childlike quality do I need to get in touch with so that God might better get in touch with me? Quickly, what two words come to mind? Could it be this simple? That God reveals important, essential and life-affirming things to us when our minds and hearts are open and uncluttered like the children? And isn’t that the very place that we know in our heart of hearts we most want to be?

 

Prayer:

 

Lord, help us to slow our lives, even if for just a few moments each day, so that we might catch glimpses of what it is that you so lovingly desire to share with us. Lord, instill in our hearts a more constant desire to return to this place to meet you.

 

By Clint Seccombe

 

Readings

 

Reading 1 IS 11:1-10

On that day,
A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:
a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
A Spirit of counsel and of strength,
a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,
and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.
Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide,
But he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.

Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
The calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,
together their young shall rest;
the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the cobra’s den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair.
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD,
as water covers the sea.

On that day,
The root of Jesse,
set up as a signal for the nations,
The Gentiles shall seek out,
for his dwelling shall be glorious.

 

Responsorial Psalm PS 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17

R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king’s son;
He shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment. 
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
Justice shall flower in his days,
and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
May he rule from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
He shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
the lives of the poor he shall save. 
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
May his name be blessed forever;
as long as the sun his name shall remain.
In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
all the nations shall proclaim his happiness.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

 

Gospel LK 10:21-24

Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“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. 
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. 
All things have been handed over to me by my Father. 
No one knows who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

Turning to the disciples in private he said,
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 
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.”

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Comments

Fr. Bill  |  here  |  December 4, 2013  |  12:23 PM

I've thought about this reflection for over a day, and one of the things children seem to be able to do so much better than adults is to "get over" squabbles and disagreements. Two boys can come to blows over a disputed ball, and be best friends when the final whistle sounds. Don't you wish we adults could be as flexible? Maybe the vision of peace so beautifully described by the Prophet is only attainable with that childlike flexibility. ?


Bcrociani  |  Waukegan, IL  |  December 3, 2013  |  4:14 PM

I attend your church on 12/1/2013 (5:30 mass) and was greatly impressed with the pastor, choir,  diversity and friendlyness of the parish. 

Thank you for inviting everyone to participate in your on line retreat.

Comment on scripture:  If we can see ourselves in union with God, all people and all things,  as simply as a child,  we are on the right track to the heavenly kingdom.


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