In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks about how the wise and learned have missed the point of his ministry and his identity. He says that it is the childlike who see the truth. In fact, they have grasped this reality even before prophets and kings.
Study is an important part of any disciple’s faith journey. Through study, we not only learn more about Jesus, but also about the relationship humans are called to with our Lord. Sometimes, we can get so caught up in the study of doctrine and theology that we forget the main thing: Jesus. I think back to my years in college and divinity school and some of the professors and students I met for whom Jesus had become more of a subject than a person. However, I do remember one great professor who told me that theological debate should never be an activity for its own sake. All theological discussion needs to have as its end goal a deeper relationship with Jesus.
During Advent, choose some good resources for study and spend time with your Bible. But remember, at the end of the day, Jesus is real and desires a relationship with you. He is not just a topic of history.
Daily advent challenge:
Spend at least 15 minutes today in silence and invite God to speak to you. You should say nothing. Just listen.