A reflection for the Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

5 December 2023
Deacon Tony Hoban speaks with children during Mass at St Luke's Catholic Faith Community, Marsden Park. Image: Diocese of Parramatta


Tuesday of the First Week of Advent, Year B

Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 71(72): 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Luke 10:21-24 

5 December 2023


“For although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the little ones” – Luke 10:21


Today’s Gospel offers profound insights into the relationship between Jesus and His disciples, shedding light on the nature of divine revelation and the privilege of those who witness it. 

Jesus rejoices in the Holy Spirit, thanking God for revealing divine truths not to the wise and learned but to the humble and child-like. He acknowledges that God hides these truths from the wise and prudent, perhaps because human intellect and pride can often blind us to spiritual realities. 

The idea of child-like faith is central here, emphasising the importance of approaching God with humility, simplicity, and trust, like a child approaches a loving parent. Those who embrace this mindset are blessed because they are open to receiving God’s revelation. 

Furthermore, Jesus expresses the unique privilege of His disciples, stating that many prophets and kings desired to see what His disciples saw but did not have the opportunity. This underscores the significance of being in the presence of the Messiah, witnessing His teachings and miracles. 

We are reminded here of the value of humility, child-like faith, and the profound privilege of encountering divine revelation through our connection with Jesus Christ. It encourages us to cherish this unique opportunity and approach God with open hearts and minds.  

Pray for greater understanding of what God asks of you. 

With thanks to Holy Name of Mary Parish, Hunters Hill, who have supplied these daily Advent and Christmas 2022 reflections from their publication Daily Inspirations of Faith: A Season of Prayer – Advent to Epiphany 2023-2024


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