Gospel Wednesday

July 15, 2020

Wednesday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time


Heavenly Things Revealed to Infants

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to

Saint Matthew 11,25-27

At that time Jesus exclaimed, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”


Introductory Prayer:

Almighty and ever-living God, I seek new strength from the courage of Christ our shepherd. I believe in you, I hope in you, and I seek to love you with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength. I want to be led one day to join the saints in heaven, where your Son Jesus Christ lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.



Do you want to know the mind and thoughts of God? Jesus thanks the Father in heaven for revealing to his disciples the wisdom and knowledge of God. What does Jesus’ prayer tell us about God and about ourselves? First, it tells us that God is both Father and Lord of earth as well as heaven. He is both Creator and Author of all that he has made, the first origin of everything and transcendent authority, and at the same time he shows loving care and goodness toward all his children. All fatherhood and motherhood is derived from him (Ephesians 3:14-15).

Jesus’ prayer also contains a warning that pride can keep us from the love and knowledge of God. What makes us ignorant and blind to the things of God? Certainly intellectual pride, coldness of heart, and stubbornness of will shut out God and his kingdom of peace, joy, and righteousness. Pride is the root of all vice and the strongest influence propelling us to sin. It first vanquishes the heart, making it cold and indifferent towards God. It also closes the mind to God’s truth and wisdom for our lives. What is pride? It is the inordinate love of oneself at the expense of others and the exaggerated estimation of one’s own learning and importance.

Jesus contrasts intellectual pride with child-like simplicity and humility. The simple of heart are like “infants” in the sense that they see purely without pretense and acknowledge their dependence and trust in the one who is greater, wiser, and more trustworthy. They seek one thing – the “summum bonum” or “greatest good,” who is God himself. Simplicity of heart is wedded with humility, the queen of virtues, because humility inclines the heart towards grace and truth. Just as pride is the root of every sin and evil, so humility is the only soil in which the grace of God can take root. It alone takes the right attitude before God and allows him, as God, to do all. God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble (Proverbs 3:34, James 4:6). Only the humble in heart can receive true wisdom and understanding of God and his ways. Do you submit to God’s word with simple trust and humility?

Jesus makes a claim which no one would have dared to make – he is the perfect revelation of God. One of the greatest truths of the Christian faith is that we can know the living God. Our knowledge of God is not simply limited to knowing something about God, but we can know God personally. The essence of Christianity, and what makes it distinct from Judaism and other religions, is the knowledge of God as our Father. Jesus makes it possible for each of us to personally know God as our Father. To see Jesus is to see what God is like.

In Jesus we see the perfect love of God – a God who cares intensely and who yearns over men and women, loving them to the point of laying down his life for them upon the Cross. Jesus is the perfect revelation of God – a God who loves us completely, unconditionally, and perfectly. Jesus also promises that God the Father will hear our prayers when we pray in his name. That is why Jesus taught his followers to pray with confidence, Our Father who art in heaven ..give us this day our daily bread. Do you pray to your Father in heaven with joy and confidence in his love and care for you?



Jesus, help me to seek you with a sincere heart.


  1. Hidden from the Wise: Wisdom, knowledge and understanding comprise three of seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. So, in itself, being wise and learned cannot be an issue. Jesus is here speaking of those whose pride and inflated ego make them wise and learned in their own estimation and for their own purposes. The mysteries of God are thus hidden from them precisely because they have focused their hearts and minds on themselves as the supreme good: “The greater a being is, the more it wants to determine its own life. It wants to be less and less dependent and, thus, more and more itself a kind of god, needing no one else at all. This is how the desire arises to become free of all need, what we call pride” (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, God and the World, p. 125). In the end, it is they who have closed the door to God since God will never close the door on us.


  1. Revealed to the Childlike: Later in this same Gospel, Jesus will reaffirm this basic truth in another way: “Unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). Even as adults we must never cease to be childlike, uncomplicated and duly dependent. Children are not naturally complicated and deceitful. Hiding behind masks and developing subterfuges is a tendency learned with time. Little by little we begin to calculate, use excuses, ration out our generosity, and stray from the simplicity and rectitude of the way God has marked out. We must strive to be sincere with our Lord and sincere with ourselves, seeking to please him above all things. Failure in our lives is due to insincerity, that absence of the total nobility and utmost loyalty needed to fulfill honorably what Our Lord asks of us.


  1. Christ, The Revelation of the Father: Knowledge of the Father is the ultimate good man can possess because it corresponds to the deepest longing in the human heart for happiness. St. Thomas Aquinas tells us that happiness lies in knowing that we possess the good we seek. We call the full knowledge of the good possessed “heaven,” which is our ultimate goal in life. To whom would Jesus not wish to reveal the Father? Has anyone ever lived for whom Jesus did not desire to know the Father and be in heaven? Jesus’ actions – his preaching, his sacrifices and death on the cross – demonstrate that he wants to reveal the Father to everyone. However, he also chooses to need you and me to help him achieve this goal. Do I really desire everyone to know the Father and reach heaven? My actions will answer that question for me.


Conversation with Christ:

Dear Lord, grant me the grace to possess the wisdom and knowledge that come from union with you while maintaining the childlike dispositions that you ask. Help me to depend on you as a loving child. Mother Most Pure, make my heart only for Jesus.



Today I will reflectively read Philippians 2:5-11.



Lord Jesus, give me the child-like simplicity and purity of faith to gaze upon your face with joy and confidence in your all-merciful love. Remove every doubt, fear, and proud thought which would hinder me from receiving your word with trust and humble submission.


Evangelio del miércoles

15 de julio, 2020

Miércoles de la decimoquinta semana del Tiempo Ordinario


Padre, todo se lo revelaste a los pequeños

Del Santo Evangelio según

San Mateo 11,25-27

Jesús dijo:
“Te alabo, Padre, Señor del cielo y de la tierra, por haber ocultado estas cosas a los sabios y a los prudentes y haberlas revelado a los pequeños.
Sí, Padre, porque así lo has querido.
Todo me ha sido dado por mi Padre, y nadie conoce al Hijo sino el Padre, así como nadie conoce al Padre sino el Hijo y aquel a quien el Hijo se lo quiera revelar.”

Palabra del Señor


Oración introductoria
Gracias, Señor, Padre bueno. Que aprenda a agradecer mis malestares, mis dificultades económicas, físicas, familiares, etc. Ppara así poder cargar con la cruz, hecha a mi medida, que Dios me ha regalado.

Humildad, Señor, humildad, para así poderte ver mejor.

Meditación del Papa Francisco

Por eso, nosotros, hoy aquí, podemos continuar alabando a Dios por las maravillas que ha obrado en la vida de los pueblos latinoamericanos. Dios “ha ocultado estas cosas a sabios y entendidos, dándolas a conocer a los pequeños, a los humildes, a los sencillos de corazón”.

En las maravillas que ha realizado el Señor en María, Ella reconoce el estilo y el modo de actuar de su Hijo en la historia de la salvación. Trastocando los juicios mundanos, destruyendo los ídolos del poder, de la riqueza, del éxito a todo precio, denunciando la autosuficiencia, la soberbia y los mesianismos secularizados que alejan de Dios, el cántico mariano confiesa que Dios se complace en subvertir las ideologías y jerarquías mundanas.

Enaltece a los humildes, viene en auxilio de los pobres y pequeños, colma de bienes, bendiciones y esperanzas a los que confían en su misericordia de generación en generación, mientras derriba de sus tronos a los ricos, potentes y dominadores. La gratitud ante los prodigios que realiza el Señor entre sus predilectos, los pobres y los pequeños a los que Él revela lo que es escondido a los sabios, también os puede ayudar a sustraeros de las insidias de los relegamientos autorreferenciales y a salir de vosotros mismos en el seguimiento a Jesús. La idea de una acción misionera autorreferencial, que se pasa el tiempo contemplándose e incensándose por sus propias iniciativas, sería en sí misma un absurdo. No dediquéis demasiado tiempo y recursos a “miraros” y a redactar planes centrados en los propios mecanismos internos, en la funcionalidad y en las competencias del propio sistema. Mirad hacia fuera, no os miréis al espejo.   (S.S. Francisco).

En el Evangelio de ayer, veíamos a un Cristo que reprende, no por el simple hecho de disfrutar corrigiendo; sino por amor. Me gustaría traer a colación, un dicho castellano: “quien bien te quiere te hará llorar”. Así es Cristo, este gran personaje histórico que, a pesar de ya haber pasado lustros, sigue vivo en nuestro corazón.

Pero bien, ¿qué nos dice el Evangelio de hoy? Vemos que lo primero que hace Cristo, es agradecer al Padre. ¿Por qué tengo que estar cargando siempre una cruz, a la que a veces le da por jugar al escondite? ¡Ojala fuese más a menudo! Él nos la da, porque sabe que nuestra salvación radica en la imitación de su Hijo, que muere por la remisión de nuestros pecados, en cada elevación de la Sagrada Forma y de Su Santa Sangre. ¡Estamos llamados a ser como Cristo! Esta oportunidad se me presenta cada dos por tres.

No me gustaría acabar, sin antes mencionar a nuestra Madre, María. Lo más seguro, es que Ella oía en su morada de oración, las andanzas apostólicas de Su Hijo, que luego pasaron a ser muy cercanas en el camino hacia la cruz. Cristo va sólo a los humildes, porque sólo estos; -y de ello, son un gran ejemplo los santos y santas de Dios;- se pueden llenar de Él. ¿Por qué? Pues, porque están vacíos de sí y llenos de Dios.

Estamos llamados a ser como Cristo. Ésta oportunidad se me presenta cada dos por tres a cada momento. Si no cargamos y consolamos a la Iglesia doliente, ¿Quién lo hará por nosotros? Más aún, no sólo hay que consolar, sino construir día a día un ambiente de paz, de amor, de comprensión y de perdón en una sociedad sedienta de sentido, sedienta de Dios. Para que el Señor pueda revelarse al mundo, necesita que nosotros seamos sencillos y humildes para cumplir su Voluntad. Humildad que no es servilismo, pues la humildad viene siempre acompañada de justicia, paz y verdad. A nosotros nos toca ser las manos y el rostro de Cristo. ¡Qué responsabilidad tan grande! Ser miembros de Cristo es aprender a vivir como él, dar testimonio de una vida recta como la de Él, y ¿por qué no? llegar a dar la vida por Él, como Jesús la dio por cada uno de nosotros.

Que aproveche toda ocasión para hablar de Ti, Señor, y así compartir lo que Tú me has dado.

Diálogo con Cristo
Tú sabes, Señor, que muchas veces no te agradezco lo que Tú me das. Tengo que aprender a agradecer la mano providente que me sostiene día y noche y me lo da todo. ¡Sin Ti no soy nada! Que me acostumbre a ver todo como gracia tuya.



Te damos gracias, Señor, por todos tus beneficios, a Ti que vives y reinas por los siglos de los siglos.
¡Cristo, Rey nuestro!
¡Venga tu Reino!
Virgen prudentísima, María, Madre de la Iglesia.
Ruega por nosotros.
En el nombre del Padre y del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo.