Wednesday 15th Week of the Year
Pray to have the heart of a child.
Jesus stops for a moment with his disciples
to give praise to his Father
for those who accept his Word and follow him.
We have seen in the last few days
how proud and arrogant individuals
and whole cities have refused
to accept our Lord’s invitation to repent.
Here we see Jesus in prayer, eavesdropping if you like.
He is so excited to discover childlike virtues living in adults.
There is such joy in repenting.
What a blessing it can be to know
that we can change our minds and the way we think.
This new thinking can bring about
a change in our behavior
that keeps us out of all kinds of messes,
so we don’t repeat the same mistakes.
It always brings joy to Jesus
when this change ends our suffering
and the suffering of others.
When we live without pretense,
it is much easier for his holy Word
to penetrate our minds and hearts
and bring about those changes.
We can have a healthier love for ourselves.
No more pretending to be somebody we are not.
We are no longer concerned about what others think of us.
Our hearts are so open to his abundant mercy;
it is easy to tell someone that we are sorry.
We can see other people and relate to them
with a deep sense of integrity and not out of guilt or hurt.
Like Jesus said one time, “Say ‘yes’ when you mean yes
and ‘no’ when you mean “no.” Anything else comes from the devil.”
Being childlike is all about being real, being honest.
In a word, we are free.