Childlike Humility

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The WORD in other words (2022) by Fr Louie Punzalan SVD (Christ the King Mission Seminary, Quezon City)

Tuesday 1st Week in Advent

Photo: Children at an SVD Kindergarten School in Kinshasa, Congo

“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.” What did the disciples “see” that made their eyes “blessed”? Obviously, the disciples were blessed to see the Lord personally. They lived and ate with Jesus. They prayed with him. They listened to him. They met Jesus in flesh and blood.

We don’t have the same privilege to see the Lord in person as the disciples had more than two thousand years ago. But we too are blessed because we see and encounter Jesus in many other ways, like daily prayer, the sacraments especially the Eucharist and Confession, the Scriptures, even the daily trials and challenges of life. Yes, no matter the circumstances, we could see and meet the Lord in different situations of life if we only have “eyes that see” and “ears that hear.”

One thing is required, though. God prescribes that we must possess the spirit of childlike humility and simplicity for us to have “eyes that see” and “ears that hear.” God does not grant the same grace and privilege to the wise and the learned but only to the childlike.

Let us pray for the grace of childlike humility and simplicity. Let us pray for the faith that knows how to trust in God.

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