One night there went out over the stillness of an evening breeze, out over the white chalk hills of Bethlehem, a cry, a gentle cry. The sea did not hear the cry, for the sea was filled with its own voice. The great men of the earth did not hear the cry, for they could not understand how a child could be greater than a man.
There were only two classes of men who heard the cry that night: Shepherds and Wise Men. Shepherds: those who know they know nothing. Wise Men: those who know they do not know everything.
From that day to this there have been only two classes of men who have found Christ. Only the simple and only the wise find Christ because both are humble–Bishop Fulton Sheen
Jesus himself said, “Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 18:3) He also said, “Unless you’re born again you can’t see the kingdom of God.” (Jn. 3:3) Both statements speak to our natural tendency to be full of ourselves; to be know-it-alls. It’s easy to become so settled in our own beliefs, so entrenched in our own world view, that we refuse to consider the possibility that we might be wrong.
I learned a long time ago that I can’t learn anything if I already know everything. I also learned that sometimes those alleged “simpletons” whom we dismiss as holding to childish fables can actually be onto something. That’s how I became a Christian. I opened my heart to a belief system that at the time seemed more like a fairy tale than the truth.
And yet when I knelt at that proverbial Foot of the Cross, the Great God of the Universe met me. It was a world-shattering experience. The power of His Presence was incomprehensible, unexplainable, and yet undeniable. I found myself where those Shepherds and Wise Men found themselves some two-thousand Christmases ago: face to face with a God so great and good that he’d humble himself to become a child…to find me.
It’s all about humility. It’s about opening our minds and hearts to consider another point of view. Let’s experience Christmas together this year with wide eyes and youthful wonder. Let’s discover the Divine Child by becoming childlike ourselves.