Wednesday, July 16, 2014

“Sadly, most people only hear what they want to hear.”

“The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism, and Selected Critical Prose

Gospel Text: (MT 11:25-27)
At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“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.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

Revelation is a divine gift. We can’t attain it through human wisdom and knowledge alone.

Jesus chose Peter—an uneducated fisherman—to be the leader of his Church. Through a revelation from God, Peter proclaimed Jesus as the Messiah (Matthew 16:16). After the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost, Peter became a bold apostle, leading the Church through its turbulent first years. He inspired thousands of Jewish conversions and even opened the door for Gentiles to receive baptism. Peter was a simple, unschooled man, but he became a “rock,” someone Jesus could rely on through thick and thin. All it took was an open heart, divine revelation, and human perseverance.

God doesn’t give us revelation just so that we can have new spiritual insights. He shows us his love and opens our hearts to his truths so that we can share them with the people around us. Even the slightest nudge that we feel, if it helps bring people closer to God, is probably the Spirit revealing something to us and through us.

So don’t think revelation is beyond you. It’s nothing more than God giving you a glimpse into his life so that you can share it with others!

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