I am out of the country, so I thought I would take this opportunity to highlight another preacher's work on Sunday's readings. The following is an introduction to the Rev. Canon Chuck Robertson's sermon, "Never Enough."
Recent years have witnessed a flood of books offering variations of a formula that will bring happiness and fulfillment to the privileged initiate. Indeed, to the one who holds the key, who knows the secret...to the wise and intelligent, life's oyster opens itself and all manner of treasures await. Sounds attractive? Many would agree, as evidenced by the number of such books that follow one another in succession week after week, month after month, on the various bestseller lists.
Turning to the biggest bestseller of all time, however, we find a twist on the usual formula. In today's Gospel reading, Jesus gives thanks to his heavenly Father, remarking that God "has hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and revealed them to infants." Aha, a hidden truth. Sounds good, but what is it? And why would it be hidden from the wise and intelligent? Shouldn't they be the ones to uncover it?