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Luke 10:17-24

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The seventy returned with joy, saying, 'Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!' He said to them, 'I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.'
Jesus Rejoices At that same 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. All 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.'
Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, 'Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For 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.'

Luke 10:17-24
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    • Learning and knowledge are often confused with education and intelligence. The truth that Jesus proclaims is available to all. The important question is not what do I know but what education do I have. My prayer helps me to appreciate who I know, who knows me and who loves me.
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    • In Hebrew thinking, snakes and scorpions were symbols of various kinds of evil. But triumph over evil is not to be the main cause of joy for the disciples. The deepest joy of these anonymous disciples is to come from knowing that they are loved by God and are the chosen sisters and brothers of Jesus.
    • Jesus, I am not particularly wise or smart! I am like a child before you. But I hand myself over to you. Remain with me always, especially in my times of doubt. Increase my insight to the needs of others and keep me tuned in your word.
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    • Why is it only to ‘infants’ that ‘these things’ – these fundamental truths of faith – are revealed? Perhaps because in their dependence and need they are open to receive and to be nourished. The so-called ‘wise and intelligent’, on the other hand, do not experience such needs because of their self-sufficiency and pride. Which group do I belong to?
    • What a privilege to be blessed with the eyes and ears of faith so as to see God’s plan for humanity fully revealed in Christ Jesus! Am I humbly grateful for this great gift of faith in my life? How do I express that gratitude?
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    • Sometimes people like to know that their names are on a park or church bench, or on the wall where they worked; they know then they might be remembered. Our names are carved on the hand of God and are written in heaven. All ways of saying we are known by God and are important to him. What better place than heaven for our names to be written. We know then that we are expected!