Gospel of Luke 10:17-24 Reflection:
Today’s Gospel relates how the 72 disciples sent out on missionary work by Jesus come back full of joy.
‘Even the devils submit to us when we use your name,’ they say.
Then Jesus blesses the Father for ‘hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children.’
When we look at the learned today we see how they miss the point; they are so full of their own importance that God means nothing to them, they have set themselves up as little gods who know everything; they will never be real children, their hearts cannot conceive of such nonsense.
Yet the word of God penetrates the simple to the very heart of their being. How do we keep ourselves simple, how do we keep ourselves from becoming the ‘wise’ of the world?
By obeying God, by taking heed of the promptings of the Holy Spirit, this is how we avoid becoming prideful and arrogant. When we listen to the Holy Spirit he guides us and reveals God at work in our lives.
When we see ourselves as lord of all, God will respect our choice and won't interfere; there is only room for one god in each individual, either the god of my choosing or God himself.
It is amazing how many people want the god of their own choosing.
But children know they need help, they are willing to obey and are willing to ask for help. As we grow up we become so sure that we have all the answers...and when our answers usually let us down, our pride prevents us from seeing that we were wrong.
Such a state the mind and person who goes it alone gets themselves into!