From the Word of the Day
At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him…Learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart.
(Matthew 11: 25-27, 29)
On this feast of St. Catherine of Siena, Matthew’s Gospel brings us a rather rare prayer of Jesus. It deals with an exultant praise of joy, directed to the Father. The ancient Fathers of the Church called it jubilation, a cry of exultance flowing from the heart of Jesus.
The Teacher of Nazareth knew directly that those who should have recognized the Messiah more easily, the scribes and Doctors of the Law, did not succeed to do this. On the contrary, Jesus points out that it is the little ones, the poor, and the simple – like His disciples- who understand who Jesus is and follow Him.
Many wise and erudite people in history have tried to meet God or to know Jesus, but in vain, because they have not sought Him on the road that leads to Him; the road of humility and littleness. Perhaps, we too seek to see Jesus in strong people who are able to transcend the limits of their humanity. Jesus was not a hero, or a superman. He was simply a human being who revealed Himself to be God as well, in humiliation, in littleness, and in weakness, that strong weakness of God. This is why all of Jesus’ strength is in the sweetness and tenderness of His heart: “Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart”.
On this feast of St. Catherine, who at the feet of the Teacher, traces out the secure road to meet Jesus; it is the road of our littleness and poverty, of our weakness that entrusts itself totally to His Grace.
I will repeat during the day this prayer of jubilation that comes from the Son’s heart.
The Voice of Jesus to St. Catherine in a vision
Do you know child, who you are and who I am? If you would know these two things, you would be blest. You are what is not; instead, I am who is. If you have this recognition in your heart, the enemy will not be able to fool you and you will escape from all his temptations. You will never consent to anything contrary to My commandments, and without difficulty, you will acquire every grace, every truth, every light.