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Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha

Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16
Psalm 94:5-10, 14-15
Matthew 11:25-27

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"What You have hidden from the learned and the clever You have revealed to the merest children." —Matthew 11:25

The Lord hides many things from the learned and the clever but reveals them to the merest children (Mt 11:25). This is not unfair because we can all become like little children whenever we wish (Mt 18:3-4). The Lord's will is to tell us things great beyond reach of our knowledge (Jer 33:3), but we must choose a receptive attitude and lifestyle.

Becoming like little children and receiving the fullness of God's revelation has nothing to do with age. When we acknowledge our utter dependence on God, let it be done unto us according to God's word (Lk 1:38), and put ourselves in situations where we have no help but our Abba, we then become like little children.

In our society, many people use knowledge to control their lives and those of others. Knowledge is the means to power, protection, and manipulation. We must give up control and choose to become like little children before being given the ultimate knowledge, God's revelation.

Prayer:  Abba, teach Your children, and may I choose to be one of them.

Promise:  "No one knows the Son but the Father, and no one knows the Father but the Son — and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal Him." —Mt 11:27

Praise:  Bl. Kateri retained the heart of a child as she grew in the grace and knowledge of her Lord and Savior. Though her decision to be a Christian placed her future status in great risk, she accepted the good news of Jesus with childlike trust.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape Pride and Faith on audio AV 64-1 or video V-64.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 29, 2009

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