“I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.” (Luke 10:21)
In our Gospel passage this morning, we hear Jesus blessing God for hiding certain things from the wise and revealing them to mere infants. Who are these infants Jesus was referring to? His disciples who had just returned from the mission of evangelization with joy, because even the demons were subject to them. So, if Jesus was referring to the disciples as infants, who then are the “wise” from whom things have been hidden? Surely, these are persons so full of themselves and full of their knowledge of the world that they feel they have no need for God.
In the course of this season of Advent, we must continuously ask ourselves: How willing am I to humble myself and come to terms with my nothingness? Am I ready to let go of my pride? Yesterday, we were presented with the example of the Roman Centurion who confessed his unworthiness to have Jesus under his roof. Today, we are again reminded of the benefit of humility. In Christmas, we celebrate a God who humbled Himself to the point of assuming the nature of one of His creatures; man. As St. Paul would say: “Though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8).
If Jesus would leave the glory of heaven and come down, what stops me from leaving the comfort of my luxurious home to help the poor the needy living in the slums and surviving on items they pick from refuse dumps? This is the true spirit of Advent. Pride is a form of blindness. Pride prevents you from seeing and acknowledging the greatness of God, (somehow you begin to think you are God). Pride makes it difficult to see the truth especially when it is coming from others (you think you alone can be right always). Pride is a vice that must be avoided by all means
The prophet Isaiah in today’s first reading speaks of the time that shall come when the wolf shall dwell with the Lamb, and the Leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the lion and the fatling together and a little child shall lead them. What does Isaiah mean by a little child assuming leadership of an unthinkable combination of animals who we know are natural enemies? For me, the little child here refers to the humble person. Humility is such a great virtue, it gives you access to really high places!
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, help me humble myself. Amen.
Bible Study: Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-17 and Luke 10:21-24).