In the “cry of exultation” recorded for us by the evangelists Matthew and Luke, Jesus gives thanks to the Father because he has willed to reveal the mystery of salvation not to the wise and learned, but to the “little ones” (cf. Mt 11:25-30; Lk 10:21-22). This magnificent prayer has its source in Jesus’ profound communion with the Father in the Holy Spirit; as the eternal Son, Jesus alone “knows” the Father and rejoices in complete openness to his will.
“Indeed,” said Pope Benedict, “no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Lk 10:22).
In this prayer, then, the Lord expresses his desire to share his knowledge of the Father with the “little ones”, the pure ...»