Luke 10:17-24 NRSVue

17The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” 18He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19Indeed, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will hurt you. 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

21At that very hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will., 22All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

23Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! 24For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see but did not see it and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

Some thoughts on this scripture

Like the Apostles, sometimes I am dazzled by the power that seems linked to my faith, whether through the position I hold or because of the strength of my beliefs. I may let myself be overly impressed by the power wielded by religious figures, by their popularity. Jesus warns us to be careful, and make sure our priorities and motivations are the right ones.

Jesus thanks the Father for ‘hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children’. If I am ready to open my heart in humility and simplicity, the Father himself will reveal many things to me about himself. If I believe I have nothing to learn about God and his son Jesus, or that I can find al the answers in books, the more important things will remain hidden from me. I ask for an open and humble heart.