Gospel: Mt 11:25-27
On that occasion, Jesus said, “Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I praise you; because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to simple people. Yes, Father, this was your gracious will.
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, and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
Coming to a true knowledge about God is something beyond our power. We come to know and are able to establish a relationship with Him only because God chooses to reveal himself to us. The initiative always comes from God. Moses’ encounter with God in the burning bush (First Reading) validates the statement of Jesus that the wise and the learned can never claim to have true knowledge and intimate relationship with God. We can know a lot of facts about the Father but do not really know him. As Mark Link once said, “Knowing our heavenly Father is not a question of opening a book and reading. It is a question of opening our heart and loving.“ Knowledge of God in its truest sense is not only an act of the mind but also of the heart and will. God reveals himself to us not merely for us to know him intellectually but does so because he desires to have a relationship with us.
Moreover, it is to simple people that God reveals himself. What is required is the attitude of childlikeness, the capacity to trust totally and be open to God and the divine will.