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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 11,25-27): On one occasion Jesus said, «Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I praise you, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to simple people (…)».

God’s style

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, we wonder: why does Jesus not oppose His detractors?, why did He not substantiate with irrefutable verve that He is the Resurrected one?, why did Jesus reveal himself only to a small group of disciples, whose testimony we are now to trust?

It is proper to the mystery of God to behave in a discreet way. Only very slowly does He build within in the great history of mankind His own story. He becomes a man, but in such a way that He is ignored by His contemporaries and influential forces in history. He suffers and dies and, as the Risen One, He wants to come to humanity only through the faith of those who are His and to whom He reveals himself. Is this not precisely His divine style? God does not overwhelm with external power, but gives freedom; He offers and elicits love.

—O Lord, You knock softly on the door of our hearts. I want to open it for you to make me able to “see”.