Grace to you!
In today’s reflection, I share an idea on the amazing grace of divine revelation.
If it must pass the test of legitimacy, one of the big no-no’s in empirical scientific research is "forcing." "What is forcing?" one may ask.
It is imposing a result on data that has little or nothing to do with the data. Or, it is superimposing a preconceived idea on research data that has nothing to do with what the data is showing.
For example, you want to analyze the behaviors of a German Shepherd in comparison with a Caucasian Shepherd over a period of time. Your interest is in their dietary habit. If you ignore the actual data coming from the time, quantity, sequence, and frequency of the dietary habits, and inject what you found in another specie of dog to propose a line of argument that supports your preconception, you have forced the result.
Underlying this criterion is the honest submission that what science does and should do is discover what is already present in nature. That's all. We don't create reality, including the truth of science, from nothing. We simply discover. To the extent this discovery is kept honest and not forced, the result would be considered legitimate and valid.
We become the best version of ourselves when we discover the truths in our very nature and calling. Ignore it; one is already forcing.
Though many times friends and associates may try to convince us that truth isn't real, be assured that you, your nature, and your environment are objectively real. Or do you doubt this? It would be ridiculous for you to doubt you exist.
One important thing for those who are always "forcing" is that they hardly ever discover the truth—neither the truth of empirical science nor the more spiritual realities. A sort of intellectual humility is required to discover the heavenly reality, just like cultural humility is necessary to understand a given culture.
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 things from 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. Such kinds of people know that no matter how creative and 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 remarkable discovery.
Revelation is the discovery of God's gracious act, plan, and will. It's the most fascinating of all findings. It is a discovery lavishly available to any person open to divine conversation. Though the highest treasure, it is 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. 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" (Mt 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 is 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 vital. 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 the utterance of affirmation, "I am in love with God" or affectionately, "God is the love of my soul." 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 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]
Author and Goal
Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.