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ON REMAINING CHILDLIKE...

Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

At that time Jesus exclaimed: "I give praise to you, 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.” (From Mathew 11:25-27)

One of the statements that I have heard from mentors, coaches, and teachers as far back as I can remember is, “you never cease being a student, you never stop learning.” I’m sure this comes as no surprise to any of you. In my 8 years here at Saint Jude I have learned more about myself than I could ever expected. I have learned more about my strengths, and I have learned about weaknesses of which I was not aware, my personal “blind spots” if you will. This part has not always been easy, being honest with myself about where and how I need to grow. Still, I try to accept this awareness as a gift.

The words of Jesus today are an urging for us to remain “childlike” in the sense that we remain open to continually learning and growing. While we may get to the point of having learned a lot: about ourselves, about the world, and about life, we never get to the point of having learned it all.

Help us to see our blind-spots, O Lord, and allow You to shed light upon them. Amen.