Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The force of His words is clear. He does not say merely that the kingdom of heaven is for the childlike. He says that the kingdom belongs to them; it is made up of children and of those who come as children.

Christ wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim. – C.S. Lewis: (1898 – 1963: was a British novelist, poet, & academic)

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."

Movies and folklore often portray how difficult it is for heroes to see the gods; epic quests, impossible obstacles, and mortal danger await those who try. In contrast, the one, true God wants us to get close to Him. He longs for us to open our minds and hearts to His love. He has created ample opportunity for us to know him, whether it’s through intellectual scholarship like many saints and scholars, stoic fledgling leadership like Moses, or childlike wonder as Jesus espoused.

If you’re not getting closer to God, the fault isn’t that God hasn’t provided you the means to do so; rather, it’s quite likely that you haven’t taken advantage of the countless other opportunities available to you. The Church doesn’t demand a one-size-fits-all approach to our faith, and reading Sacred Scripture shows multiple paths people have taken to the divine. If you feel distant from God, perhaps you need to try an alternate approach and see if you can get closer that way. And if you already have a solid relationship with God, perhaps consider adding something different or new and see if it gets you even closer. The opportunities are there, and the rewards are inestimable.

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