Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:21-24
Tomorrow is St. Nicholas Day. I was reminded of that when I read today’s Gospel.
“At that very moment he rejoiced [in]the holy Spirit and said, ‘I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.'”
I like to think of myself as wise and learned, so what does it mean to be childlike?
When my children were little I would place coins, chocolate or small gifts in their shoes on St. Nicolas day. The presents were always very small and hardly worth a dollar, yet my children would squeal with joy! They appreciated and enjoyed these little things without having to earn them.
As far as they knew St. Nicolas himself dropped by our house. They just loved and accepted love as a given fact.
Too many times I find myself turning to my “learnedness” or experience to bring someone to my way of thinking, when I should be first loving them. When I am feeling stuck in prayer I will try to think my way into a prayerful state. I often say about myself; “I would rather read a book about the Rosary than say one.” I occasionally become deluded into thinking that I can “think” my way into heaven. Now, study is good and learning is good, but if I “do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.” (1 Corinthians 13:1)
Children love. They love unconditionally and they love without proof. St. Nicholas Day would be a great day to start working on that childlike love!
Recall a time when you felt a childlike joy. What was it like? What were the circumstances around it? Plan a surprise for someone who will not expect it for St. Nicolas Day. We do not need to be children to share in childlike joy!
Lord, point my heart in the direction of You. May my love for You, Lord, like Yours for me, be unconditional and beyond measure.
Copyright 2017 Sharon Wilson
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