Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Exodus 3:1-6,9-12; PS 103 The Lord is kind and merciful; Matthew 11:25-27

"Yes Father such has been your gracious will.  All things have been handed over to me by my Father; No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and  and anyone to whom the son wishes to reveal him."

Who knows?

It is a phrase we are familiar all too often. We use this phrase to show our belief that anything is possible or that anything can happen.  We shouldn't give up or quite so easily with effort or without trying.

For instance, when I was senior and looking toward college, application after application for college was placed before me by my teachers and counselors at the highschool I went.

Usually by the look on my face they could see the frustration and uncertainty mounting as it seemed like a waste of time.  Why fill out applications that would get rejected?

That  was my response to them.

Inevitably they would respond with, "who knows" to express hopefulness that anything was possible and that anything could happen.

I find myself telling the students I encounter the very same sentiment when they are faced with odds seemingly against them, "who knows" I tell them because anything is possible and anything can happen.

The future is never so easily manipulated or controlled or predetermined by the circumstance we experience or by our lived situation.

There is a sense if hopefulness that emanates  and animates life.

Why?  Why is there hopefulness?

In large part because the "No One" Jesus speaks about in todays gospel is actually a someone.  When no one becomes someone then hopefulness rises.

We are the no one.  We have been entrusted with a secret.  We have been let in on the inside scoop.  We have been brought into the know, as they say.

We know Jesus.  We continually grow in our knowledge of him  and his knowledge and love for us.  This revelation has brought forth much hope in our world.

As St. Paul says those who have hope live differently.  Those who have hope can live.  We have hope because the Father has chosen to reveal his son to us.

When we hear the phrase "who knows" we can respond we know and that knowledge continually grows daily in our life and as we live.

What a gift! What a beautiful surprise!  From Moses to the present God makes a point of turning no ones into someones.  From the burning bush of today's first reading to the small wafer of bread that has been transformed by the Holy Spirit, God reveals himself to us.

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