God Does Not Choose the Qualified but Qualifies His Chosen
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time!
Divine revelation is a gift from God for only God can hide and reveal himself to whom He chooses! Whatever human quest for God, therefore, is only a response to the divine initiative! Jesus celebrates today his Father for hiding and for revealing: hiding from the wise of this world and revealing to the wise of the kingdom: ‘I bless you, Father, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children.
How often have we been scandalized at God’s choices: Those priests and religious we see as unfit, those married people we see as just lucky, those successful people we see as mere crooks etc. It’s obvious our ways are not God’s ways! God chooses not the qualified but qualifies those He chooses: Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do.
Since ‘no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him,’ our best shot at knowing God is uniting with his son and what better way can we attain this unity if not by consuming Him whom we wish to become in the Eucharist! Little wonder Jesus invites us today: ‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, (of your futile searches) I will give you rest. learn from me and you will find rest for your souls.’
Dear friends, this God of ours as foretold by the prophet Zechariah is able and willing to command peace to our nations. The prophet announces rejoicing as something we should engage in. I believe that through adoration in the blessed sacrament we can begin to obtain rest from the yoke of Jesus and also in His presence, enjoy that peace which we will spread to the world.
As Saint Paul admonishes us, ‘since the Spirit of God has made his home in us, there is no necessity to obey our unspiritual selves or to live unspiritual lives’ if we intend to maintain this bond. Whenever then we approach the altar of sacrifice, we need to be grateful that we are those privileged children to whom the Father was pleased to reveal himself and therefore rejoice with gladness for our king comes to us, humble in the form of bread and wine.