Gospel of Matthew: 25-27 Reflection:
Again in today’s Gospel, Jesus brings us right up to date with his teaching. He blesses the father because he has hidden this teaching from the learned and clever and revealed the truth to the simple.
That exactly is how it is today: the smart people scoff at the idea of God; they know better and are above such nonsense. Their pride and arrogance prevents them seeing the proof of God that is everywhere around them. Basically, in a sea of God’s love and beauty, they are drowning because they will not look up for help.
The simple, on the other hand, have no problem seeing God in nature and in love and in goodness. Something in these things touches the heart of the simple and enables them to see God. There is no big fuss, they need no proof other than the feeling in their heart and they can live content amid all the evils knowing that somehow God is in control of all.
They are, in the full sense of the word, the simple.
Simple means direct, with no fussing about and not too much seeking. A simple person sees the world as it is and knows that under the material and the hubbub there is a God who made all this. The simple person has no need of long proofs and arguments, sure you can see it with your own eyes: when they see Jesus work a miracle they know it when they see it.
Not so the learned and wise. He starts from the premise that he knows the answer or that he can find the answer in science. He concentrates that much on the tree and the makeup of the leaves that he misses the beauty of the forest.
Fr Francis Martin in his series "Preaching in adversity", Talk 26, states a very insightful realization: Sciences enlightens the mind; Scripture enlightens the soul.