On one occasion Jesus said, «Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I praise you, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to simple people. Yes, Father, this is what pleased you. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him».
Many of us spend lot of time in our prayer, meditation and contemplation to discover God. We put all our mind and energy, particularly our intellectual capacity to know God. It’s good and I don’t deny this wonderful initiative in our personal life, to grow in faith and charity.
When people come for spiritual accompaniment, I very often discourage them to search God, rather I invite them to discover Jesus in the gospel and find particularly in the acts of the Apostles, how Jesus was acting and accompanying the disciples through the Holy Spirit in the announce of the Good News.
I propose to them to know this Jesus in the Gospel, and simply imagine, if Jesus is here present, how will He act, think and do. Imitate Him in its perfection and God will transform everything in us and through us. The more we put Jesus at the centre of our thinking, acting and doing, the more we discover, how the Father was working in Jesus. This divine revelation is given only to those who search God like a child. Since we have a God who speaks in silence, acts in our weakness, we should learn to see and perceive Him, not in the greatness, rather in the smallness of life. Have a wonderful day.
«You have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to simple people»
Fr. Raimondo M. SORGIA Mannai OP
(San Domenico di Fiesole, Florencia, Italy)
Today, the Gospel offers us the opportunity to accede, so to speak, to the very structure of the divine wisdom. Who, amongst us, would not love to become acquainted with the unfathomable mysteries of life? There are enigmas the world's best team of investigators would not even dream of detecting. There is One however before which «there is nothing hidden, (...); nor is anything secret» (Mk 4:22). This is the mystery of who calls himself the “Son of man ”, inasmuch He says about himself: «All things have been handed over to me by my Father» (Mt 11:27). His human nature —through the hypostatic union— has been assumed by the Person of the Word of God: He is, in short, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, before which darkness does not exist and for which, night is more luminous than broad daylight.
An Arab proverb says: «If a pitch black night a black ant climbs over a black wall, God sees it». There are neither secrets nor mysteries for God. There are mysteries for us, but not for God, before whom, past, present and future are open and dug into, to the last comma.
Quite pleased, the Lord says today: «Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I praise you, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to simple people» (Mt 11:25). Indeed, because no one could pretend to know these or similar hidden secrets, not even by bringing them out of the darkness through exhaustive studies, or as the wisdom should. A little old aged woman, without any school experience, will always be more aware about the deep secrets of life than the pretentious scientist that has spent an awful lot of money at reputed universities. Certain science can be achieved through inner faith, humility and poorness. Clement of Alexandria very well wrote: «Night is favourable for mysteries; it is then when our soul —attentive and humble— turns on itself while pondering over its condition; it is then when it finds God».