I came across this recently in the National Catholic Register (not to be confused with Reporter). It’s a brief reflection on the readings for the upcoming Sunday (July 9) according to the Ordinary Form’s calendar. It discusses the need for complete humility, to make oneself lowly in order to be raised up by Christ both now and following death. Pretty basic Christianity to be sure, but an important and beautiful reminder nevertheless. The love of the Father and ultimate salvation is closed off to no one if they are seeking it. Excerpt below:
“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 little ones,” he says. (Mt. 11:25)
The wise and learned don’t see him. Those who are not “little” do not see him.
Those busy succeeding on the world’s terms don’t see him. Those who want to have everything their way don’t see him. The contentious, argumentative people who always have to be right don’t see him. Those who are always searching for the more comfortable, easy way to please themselves don’t see him.
Today’s first reading from Zechariah amplifies the point by reminding us who God is. “He shall banish the chariot,” a symbol of power. He will banish “the warrior’s bow,” a symbol of conflict. “His dominion shall be from sea to sea,” leaving no room for any other dominion — including those of us who try to dominate at work, at home, or in whatever room we happen to be in at any given moment.
Instead, he will come to us “meek and riding on an ass.”
He isn’t what we expect.
He doesn’t prove he is right. He doesn’t force himself on anyone. He doesn’t imperiously demand his way. He just quietly is who he is and invites us to follow him.