Reading I: Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12
Responsorial: Psalm 103:1b-2, 3-4, 6-7
Gospel: Matthew 11:25-27
In three verses Matthew teaches
two very important lessons:
The first is that the things of heaven are so pure that only those with minds as free and open as a child can accept them. Pride, knowledge, self importance, all stop the learned and the clever from seeing the kingdom with joy. It is not being intelligent that prevents one from accepting the message of Jesus; anyone with any sense would immediately see that Pope Benedict XVI is a very brilliant man. It is the sense of arrogance and pride that keeps God out.
The second thing we are taught today is unusual...outside the Gospel of John. Here Matthew gives us a wonderful piece of Christology, as the theologians call it. This simply means a definition of who Jesus really is. "Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father and no one knows the Father except the Son." This is a quote worthy of John or Paul in Ephesians. But it clearly says that Jesus and the Father are equal, Jesus is from the Father and of the Father.
In three verses we have a lot to ponder!