When it comes to the kind of learning that really matters, the best degree from the most prestigious college doesn’t seem to carry any more weight than a few words of “horse sense,” from someone who can’t read a cereal box. Wisdom isn’t counted by IQ points. This is another one of God’s paradoxes. We don’t have to be brilliant, wealthy, or well-educated to be wise in the sight of our Lord. In fact, to the degree that brilliant, wealthy and well-educated people are also self-confident and self-reliant, it’s probably a liability.
God doesn’t need our brilliance. The One who taught the atom to spin can get by without our advice. He wants our willingness, our kindness, and our love. Why did He make the world this way? I don’t know. But it works.
“And he said to them, ‘Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” (Mt 18:3-5)