St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Isaiah 10:5-7,13-16 + Matthew 11:25-27
July 15, 2020
“… no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
Today’s Gospel passage speaks to the power of divine revelation. Jesus speaks directly to His Father, something rare in the four Gospel accounts. Along with this exclamation, Jesus says, “no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
But that’s not the only reference to divine revelation. In praising the Father, God the Son exclaims to Him that the reason for the Son’s praise is that “although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.”
God the Son rejoices because His Father has revealed hidden things to the “childlike”. Here we have a complement to Jesus’ admonition that unless one becomes like a little child, he will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. This entrance must be connected to those hidden things that escape the vision of the wise and the learned. The child has a capacity to see things as God wants them to be seen, and that includes the child who is God the Son, in all His divine humility.