Is it not for us a common and sometimes daily experience to feel anxious or upset about things happening in our own family, at work, in our parish, or to feel angry at our self for various reasons?
If yes, how do we overcome these temptations which often leave us in a bad mood which is annoying for the people we work and live with?
The remedy is: Prayer, prayer and prayer! If we do not take a few minutes throughout the day to be alone with God, with Jesus, with Mary our spiritual mother, we cannot expect great successes!
In today’s Gospel, we see Jesus himself praying to his Father: “I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children.”
The second point is that He reveals His secrets only to the humble. So are we the kind of people who think that they know everything and do not need to learn from anyone else or from our Lord? Or are we the kind of person who wants to listen to Jesus Christ, the Wisdom Incarnated, who proclaims on the eve of his sacrifice on the Cross: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”?
If we are humble and set aside time for prayer every day, we experience the joy of encountering Jesus and his consoling presence. Hedeclared: “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28).
Benedict XVI wrote: “Jesus asks us to go to him, for he is true Wisdom, to him who is ‘gentle and lowly in heart’. He offers us ‘his yoke’, the way of the wisdom of the Gospel which is neither a doctrine to be learned nor an ethical system but rather a Person to follow: he himself, the Only Begotten Son in perfect communion with the Father.
However, we must have the heart of little ones, of the ‘poor in spirit’ in order to recognize that we are not self-sufficient, that we are unable to build our lives on our own but need God, that we need to encounter him, to listen to him, to speak to him. Prayer opens us to receiving the gift of God, his wisdom, which is Jesus himself, in order to do the Father’s will in our lives and thus to find rest in the hardships of our journey.”