Only Christ himself is Christ, and only Christ himself reveals to us the Father’s holiness which God has planted in our heart so that it can bear fruit. In Scripture, the heart means the seat of our will, the very center of our being from where we make our decisions and understand the world and others, and where we are most human, most ourselves.
This is why Jesus praises his Father in today’s Gospel: God has “hidden” these things from those who relied on their learning, not to teach others, nor to free them of their burdens and poverty, but to exalt themselves and to exclude the poor, the marginalized, the illiterate. These people who were so poor, so marginalized and excluded, that they had no choice but to live and work for their sustenance one day at a time, giving themselves to God and praising God, these are the very ones God has deemed worthy of sharing in God’s glory. In their poverty, they praise God, and God, ever kind, ever humble, gives them rest, the rest that only God can produce in the hearts of the poor. God opens all the gates of heaven to them: God pours himself into their emptiness and sadness and unpretentiousness and finds them good, holy vessels of his Love, his Glory.
We who have enough food, who have shelter and medicine, and who are educated, we must be as reliant upon God as those who have nothing. We, too, must learn to let go and trust God and one another; we, too, must be ready to forgive others their trespasses as many of the poor do day in and day out. Then, walking in solidarity with the poor, we can walk with Christ the path of faith, of love, and our hearts will produce the fruits of God and the wisdom of Christ, and the world at last will be healed.
Today, may we all go into that inner room which is our heart, our soul, and there find what the poor find when they petition God to rescue them: God’s Mercy, God’s kindness, God’s compassion. Today, may we all share in the abundance of Christ, and give it all away so that others can live and the world can be healed.