There is something unsettling, yet renewing about these texts during Eastertide. Both scriptures raise questions about contemporary notions of education, knowledge, wisdom, and insight. It is commonly assumed that smart, intellectual people have more years of formal education. In our society, we say “wisdom comes with age.” Moreover, there are those who believe spiritual insight is only reserved for a select few.
Some of us attend college to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees. We hope to maintain or increase our socioeconomic standing in life. With advanced medicines, we live longer. There are people who spend countless hours and years searching for the meaning of their lives. They attend a myriad of spiritual retreats and read voraciously in search for the inner and external voice of the Divine.
Yet, at Eastertide we are invited to consider a reality that God’s unfolding words “gives light; . . . imparts understanding to the simple.” We are challenged by a reality that sometimes God hides insights from “the wise and the intelligent” while revealing precious lessons to “infants.” At Eastertide, we are challenged to suspend our rational brains and a lifetime of experiences.
We are not invited into a debate regarding a literal or metaphorical resurrection.
We are not invited into a conversation about the “Jesus of History” or “Christ of Faith.”
We are invited to take a look at the simple things in our lives.
We are invited to go into the place where we learned hope and trust for the first time.
When we reach that simple place, we are encouraged to grab hold of the wisdom, knowledge, education, and insight that we glean. We use those lessons to thrive in this season of resurrection and renewal.