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Wisdom and Learning

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

“I give you praise, 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.” (Luke 10:21)

I have a confession to make – one that may cause some teens I know to roll their eyes. I love school! Stocking up on school supplies in the fall was almost as cool as Christmas.


God created us to learn, and to use our minds to their fullest extent. Yet these words of Jesus provide a caution against considering ourselves so wise and learned that we are beyond the things of God. Science, history, mathematics, psychology and literature are all subjects that can point us to God.


Consider DNA. The vast amount of information stored on this strand-like molecule can be accessed by special proteins because DNA is able to flex. Yet if it were too stretchy, the molecule would become deformed, making replication impossible. If it were too rigid and brittle, it would snap in cellular activity.


Consider the “golden ratio.” In mathematical terms, it is 1.618 … and it’s found in famous works of art and architecture, as well as sea shells, flower petals and pine cones.


The sciences allow us to explore the depths of God’s wisdom. An amazing design implies an amazing designer. The intricate order of the universe reveals that there is One who planned it, and holds it all together by His powerful word.


In this life, there are some things we’ll never figure out. We accept these things by faith – the faith of a child. God spoke through the prophet Isaiah: “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)


In today’s passage, Jesus lovingly gives us the key to faith: Remain childlike in accepting those things we cannot understand. Trust His word, as a child would trust a Father, and recognize that He reigns as the sovereign king of the universe.


Dear Father,

Thank You for giving us minds that can study, learn and discover.

Empower us to use our minds for Your glory, and for the building up of Your kingdom.

You know all things – we know only in part.

The rest, we take on faith.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Donna Farris
Writer/Editor, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29 ● Psalm 69:33-35, 36-37 ● Luke 10:17-24

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