Luke 10:21-24 NRSVue
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.”
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Some thoughts on this scripture
Jesus seems here to be rejoicing in his disciples, happy that they are with him. He is happy too in what God his Father has given to his followers. He rejoices in us as friends rejoice together, as parents rejoice in the talents and gifts of their children. Maybe we can rejoice in each other? In prayer we can allow ourselves be grateful for the goodness, gifts and faith of others, especially people who are significant in our lives.
What have I learned in prayer? What is it that is hidden from the wise and the prudent that I have learnt in the heart of prayer? Can I think over the mystery of prayer and in my life and wonder what it has done for me?
How has prayer made me who I am? What have I 'seen' and 'heard' in prayer that I desired? Can I give thanks for all this?
To rejoice in the Holy Spirit is to be aware of the Father's infinite and unconditional love poured out on me. Are there moments in my life when I have felt such love? What may be preventing me from experiencing such love today?
Jesus says, 'Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.' The disciples are 'blessed' because, in Jesus, they are beginning to recognize the long awaited Messiah. Do I ever count my blessings thanking God for the gifts of life and love?