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Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16
Psalm 94
Matthew 11:25-27

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"What You have hidden from the learned and the clever You have revealed to the merest children." —Matthew 11:25

I am watching my two-year-old godson walk across a field with his father. Although I often write Scripture teachings about God the Father, this little fellow knows more about being a child of God right now than I ever will. So I'll step aside and let him teach us today about walking with God the Father:

  • He walks hand-in-hand and step-by-step with his Dad.
  • Unlike the proud Assyrians in today's first reading (Is 10:5-7), he has no desire to run ahead of his father.
  • Unlike the learned leaders in Jerusalem (see Lk 19:41-42), he doesn't drag his feet or stubbornly refuse to go where his father leads.
  • He is content to walk humbly with his father (see Mi 6:8).
  • He has total trust in his father, and doesn't even think about questioning Dad's ability to care for him.
  • He is not at all concerned about where Dad is taking him. The present moment with Dad is enough for him.
  • Finally, the bounce in his step radiates his happiness in simply being with his father.

"Unless you change and become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of God" (Mt 18:3). "Learn a lesson from" this trusting, happy boy (Mt 6:28). Walk joyfully with your heavenly Father.

Prayer:  "Father...to You I offer praise" (Mt 11:25). I will put aside what I'm doing today and spend prime time with You.

Promise:  "No one knows the Father but the Son — and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal Him." —Mt 11:27

Praise:  Fr. Clem accepted no salary for his priestly work but rather turned it over to the community. Like a child he trusted his Heavenly Father to provide for all his needs.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 12, 2005

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