Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit and said, «I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and made them known to the little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. I have been given all things by my Father, so that no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and he to whom the Son chooses to reveal him».
Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said to them privately, «Fortunate are you to see what you see, for I tell you that many prophets and kings would have liked to see what you see but did not, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it».
What is important in our daily life is that our life be filled with joy. This joy is possible, only if we learn to look everything like a little child with amusement and newness. Every word we hear, every person we encounter, every look and touch, has a meaning and comes with a divine will.
The devil always encourages us to see what we don’t have, envy what others have, remembering for the eternity the personal hurt of the injustice done to us, the pain and suffering unjustly imposed by this world, particularly the silence of divine author before these situations. Thus leading us towards sadness, discouragement and discontentment.
If we learn to look everything like a child, we will discover the marvellous divine accompaniment, in the words of a little child, in the look of a beggar, etc. In every individual encounter, we will discover a reason to celebrate and in all those who are happy and joyful, we will transform their joy as ours, in giving thanks to God for them.
Jesus is looking at us in a delicate and affectionate way and telling us, that we are blessed to see the divine goodness in our brothers and sisters. It is purely a gift of the Holy Spirit.
«I praise you, Father»
Fr. Jean GOTTIGNY
Today, we are reading an excerpt of Chapter 10, of the Gospel after St. Luke. The Lord had sent seventy-two disciples to the towns He intended to visit. And they came back exultant. While listening to the accounts of their doings and exploits, «Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit and said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth’» (Lk 10:21).
One of the aspects of humility is gratitude. The arrogant one feels he owes nothing to anybody. To feel grateful, we need first to discover our insignificance. “Thanks” is one of the first words we teach our children. «I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and made them known to the little ones» (Lk 10:21).
Benedict XVI, when speaking of the attitude of adoration, he affirms «that adoring God means recognizing his presence as Creator and Lord of the Universe. The hallmark of worship is, recognizing the greatness of God that arises from the depths of one's heart and marks one's whole being, (…) ensuring that God is the most important part of one's life with the realization that with God at the centre of our lives the purpose of their existence will become clear».
A sensible soul feels the need to express its gratitude. It is the only way for us to reciprocate for the divine favors received. «What do you possess that you have not received?» (1Co 4:7). We must certainly «give thanks to God the Father, through his Son, in the Holy Spirit, because in his great love for us He took pity on us, and when we were dead in our sins he brought us to life with Christ, so that in him we might be a new creation» (St. Leo the Great).