I offer you praise, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because what you have hidden from the learned and the clever you have revealed to the merest children. (Lk 10:21)

Jesus’ words contradict the way things are in the world today. There’s so much emphasis on what degree you have, what college or university you attended, how many rungs of the ladder you’ve climbed and how fast. The learned and the clever are revered while children are devalued. And yet Jesus says that the children are the ones to whom the heavenly Father reveals his Truth.

I get caught up in titles, credentials, and accomplishments, too. I drive myself harder and harder or else sulk because I don’t have the drive I wish I had. Sometimes I think I know it all and other times I think I don’t know a thing. How often do I go to the heavenly Father for the answers?

Mary, you were a simple child of the Father. You had no degree. You never attended a college or university. You never climbed a corporate ladder. Likely, you didn’t even know how to read or write. In spite of that, you became the Mother of the Redeemer. The Father chose you because you had a pure and humble heart. You radiated a childlike confidence that the long-awaited Savior would come and God’s promise would be fulfilled. Make my heart like yours, Mother. Help me to be pure, humble, and confident in the promise God made to his people.

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