Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 11:25-30):
Jesus exclaimed, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.’
Isn’t it awesome how Jesus turns common perceptions on their head? When we think about the wonders of God and His Creation, the splendour and depth of Sacred Scripture, and the life, death and resurrection of Christ, we begin to appreciate the enormity of the task of trying to understand it all and piecing it all together. We perhaps fall under the misapprehension that only the most learned among us, such as the university professors and theologians, are capable of understanding the enormity of God’s Creation, the intricacies of Holy Scripture and the true depth of our faith.
Yet Jesus once again stops us in our tracks and tells us something quite different. He tells us that it is not the learned professor or the experienced theologian who has grasped the reality of Truth. Rather, it is the innocent children among us. They are the ones who hold the key to faith because in their youthful state they sustain a high degree of love and trust, most of which is unconditional having been spared the adult tendencies towards cynicism, gossiping, criticising, or jealousy.
Their little hearts are completely open to love. And who is love? God is love! Therefore, the hearts of our children are completely open to God. This is why we should never shy away from encouraging our children in prayer and in learning the faith. And we should never shy away from learning from their example. They are the ones who can lead the way! They are the ones most ready for grasping the reality of our faith; of accepting Truth!