Grace to you!
In today’s reflection, I share an idea on the amazing grace of divine revelation.
I was thrilled to read the Lord’s prayer of gratitude to God the Father for the grace of revelation. He prayed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,for although you have hidden these thingsfrom the wise and the learned,you have revealed them to the childlike” (Mt 11:25).
The Lord says the “hidden things” which are the great things of divine revelation are hidden from the so-called wise and learned and revealed to little children, the childlike. We could read “little children” or “the childlike” to mean humble, unassuming and honest people. They are the people who realize their limitations in comparison to the complex world. They are those who know, no matter how creative or innovative they may be, they can’t create nature. They simply are students, learning and discovering what the Creator has already done. They are the ones open for that awesome discovery.
Revelation is the discovery of God’s gracious act, plan and will. It’s the most fascinating of all discoveries. It is a discovery lavishly available to any person open to divine conversation. Though the highest treasure, it’s the most accessible to the humble student of nature’s order.
Hear the most amazing of the Lord’s declaration: “All things have been delivered to me by the Father and no one knows the Son except the Father and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Matthew 11:27).
It follows that the all-important divine truth could only be discovered too. The Son grants this discovery. It’s what is called revelation. It’s revealed. Just as the angelic doctor, Saint Thomas Aquinas, said, we believe because it’s been revealed for, we “cannot assent to what has not been revealed.”
If you are a believer, thank God you already know Christ. Thank God for the grace of faith and obedience of faith. It is the most incredible knowledge you could ever have, an unmerited favor.
To grow in this knowledge, humble and continuous openness to God is key. The revelation grows like a fount of water. One begins to feel deep within the soul, more and more of divine intimacy. The soul revels in utterance of affirmation, “I am in love with God” or simply, “I’m loving it.” One doesn’t need to force it. It’s grace at its best.
If you haven’t received this grace of revelation and faith, be open for God's revelation of the Godself to you.
Humility and acknowledgment of our limitations, being like little children, is key to more discoveries.
Thanks be to Christ, who has revealed the himself to us so we can believe and have life in abundance. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Wednesday, Week 15, Ordinary Time: Isaiah 10:5-7; Matthew 11:25-27]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
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