“Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.”
~ Matthew 11:25
Today’s Gospel is a lesson in wisdom. There is God’s way—the mysteries we may never understand in this life. And then there is our way—the very human tendency to rely on our own instincts and see just what we want to see.
Figuring out the difference doesn’t come from living longer or believing we’re smarter. It comes from knowing that God’s way is beyond us, and that trust in God is the way we draw closer to the mystery of our faith.
Jesus is asking us to seek wisdom with the eyes of the innocent—the children, the marginalized, the vulnerable—the people who do not hold positions that society regards as important. But we know that each person is valuable in God’s eyes because each is a unique expression of life worthy of inheriting the Kingdom. These are the exact messages I hear from our Maryknoll missioners serving overseas… that ministering to the sick, the mentally ill, and the poor is how the Gospel gets lived today, allowing God’s presence to be the wind beneath our wings.
Friend, as missioners we know that God’s ways are always better than our own. That’s because each person is destined for eternity though salvation in Christ. May the wisdom of our faith be the gift you share with confidence—and joy.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.
Prayer for 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Your thoughts are not our thoughts
nor Your ways our ways, my God.
For as far as the heavens
are from the earth, so far is
Your wisdom above and beyond us.
When we could no longer go up to You
You came down to us
to show us Your way
to teach us Your truth and
to give us Your life.
You ask us to receive Your grace
with the heart of a child
in innocence, wonder, and joy.
Take our hand and guide us
along the paths You’d have us walk
that our days may be blessed
and our nights secure in Your peace.
Prayer by Fr. Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.