Today is Wednesday the 16th of July, in the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time.

The monks of the Abbey of Keur Moussa sing: ‘God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise.  God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.’ As I enter into prayer now, can I put aside any pride I may have in my own wisdom and my own strength? Can I bring myself before God who loves me and has chosen me, with all my foolishness and all my weakness?

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Matthew.

How do I feel when I hear Jesus say “you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to children”?   Do I instinctively see myself as one of the wise and intelligent, and so perhaps a bit uncomfortable with this saying?  Do I see myself as one of the simple children to whom these things have been revealed?   What does this tell me about myself?

What things has God revealed to me?  What do I know of Jesus?  How well do I know him?  How well do I want to know him?

As I listen again to the reading, can I let it speak to my heart, and not just to my brain?  Can I take it to heart that wisdom and intelligence, study and learning are not the key to knowing God: that the key is Jesus himself?

Do those words of Jesus seem like Good News to me?  Do they come as a relief, or perhaps as a bit of a challenge, a bit discomforting?  Or perhaps they leave me a but mystified.  What have I got to say to Jesus about all of this?  And what might he have to say to me?