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GOD'S SPECIAL LOVE FOR THE CHILDLIKE

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Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Is. 10:5-7, 13-16 & Mt. 11:25-27

Today's First Reading from the prophet Isaiah has a strange and bellicose ring to it. We must understand its background. At that time Assyria was the great military power bent on conquering all its neighbours. In their pride they attributed their victories to their own power and to Ashur their national god. But Isaiah knew and proclaimed that Assyria was but an instrument in the hands of God to purify sinful Judah, and that God would in time humble Assyria.

The Assyrians, of course, would have scoffed at Isaiah's message, if they had heard it, and would have considered the great prophet to have a childish approach to the hard, cruel world of politics and war. The truth was that Isaiah was the really wise person, not because he was childish, but because he was childlike in his openness to God's revelation. He had a simplicity born of wisdom.

Jesus in the Gospel approves of Isaiah and all those like him. In fact, He gives praise to His heavenly Father for His love of the simple and the humble, those who are childlike. “I bless you Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children.”

Lord Jesus, we have been made God's children by Baptism. May we respond to Him as children with their openness, their trust and their simplicity. We come to a deep understanding, not by our own efforts, but by the grace of God which is granted to those who are childlike.

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