19 July 2006: Wednesday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time
Isaiah 10, 5-7.13-16; Matthew 11, 25-27: In the Experience of Power
In the first reading, we hear Yahweh choosing
There are however two pervading attitudes of those who were sent by God. First, is the path of the proud.
We do have experiences of power. To those who have been educated in universities and centers of knowledge and skills, an achievement in a particular field is an experience of power. We know what we can do. To those who have been given responsibilities to direct teams, leadership positions are experiences of power. To those who have develop their skills excellently in the arts and in sports, a brilliant performance is an experience of power --- especially if one gets a standing ovation or the team gets the championship. The tendency of many of us brought in a rat-race culture is believe that this sense of supremacy and authority originates from our abilities alone. As
But Jesus gives us the opposite response. All things come from God --- even the sense of our own power--- as He would later tell Pilate. To acknowledge that our talents and abilities are gifts of God and does not originate from us is the attitude of the humble. However, to acknowledge that they are gifts includes using them at the service of God and neighbor. This is the path of infants --- those who recognizes their dependence on God. This is also the attitude of the saints.