Wisdom of the humble
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
1st Week of Advent
1st Reading: Is 11:1-10
Gospel: Luke 10:21-24
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.”
(Daily Gospel in
the Assimilated Life
Luke 19:41 tells us that Jesus wept over the City of Jerusalem. He couldn’t hide his distress over the hardness of heart of the Chosen people of God. Today’s Gospel reading offers a different scenario. He was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit. His disciples had just returned from a successful mission and had recounted to Jesus with excitement what transpired in that successful mission. In his great joy Jesus thanked the Father for giving his lowly disciples a different kind of wisdom not given to those considered learned by society. God revealed divine truths to the people though the instrumentality of people who were mostly fishermen with no place in the higher echelon of society.
Today’s Gospel reading calls us to a deeper kind of humility that allows God to use us for the conversion of the world. People are tired of looking up to models whose personal lives are often questionable. Models can hide their anomalies but not for long. When the moment of truth comes, the first casualties are innocent believers. The resulting scandal could drive away from the Church many disappointed followers of Christ.
When people are tired of looking up, they begin to look down to relax their necks. When they do, would they find lowly people that can truly inspire them? Humble people are more reliable models because to them are revealed heavenly truths that are hidden from the proud. Humble people are God’s repository of true wisdom. Sad to say these kind of people are getting extinct in our society.
Humble people are the joy of Christ. Proud people make Jesus weep. This season of Advent is best time to check on our pride and to cultivate the virtue of humility so that we may become the reasons for Christ to rejoice and give thanks to his Heavenly Father. -(Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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