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February 4, 2023
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Advent Reflection. There was a game show that posed a question: Are you smarter than a 5th grader? The idea was to ask content questions about various topics that made up a typical 5th grade curriculum. Often, the adults were not, in fact, smarter than a 5th grader. Begs the question. Do you think you are smarter than God?
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Advent Reflection: Are you smarter than God?

There was a game show that posed a question: Are you smarter than a 5th grader? The idea was to ask content questions about various topics that made up a typical 5th grade curriculum. Often, the adults were not, in fact, smarter than a 5th grader.

And yet, it is not always the case that we take seriously this question: Are you smarter than God? The problem is that there are too many times where we might be tempted to say yes. Yes, we are smarter than God. I, the LORD, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go.

The prophet Isaiah spends a lot of time helping the people consider the question about what God knows and what they do. God teaches us, through his word and his Church what it is we should do, and yet too often we choose to do whatever we want and not consider what God wants.

But we do not always want to be taught by God. We think we know better. There is a gospel verse that is too hard. There is something in the Old Testament that is too obscure. God could not possible mean what those verses say? Love your enemies? Pray for your persecutors?

The Advent season is a time of quiet reflection where we seek to make more time to listen to God’s voice. It is time to think about where we have been, where we are and where we are going. But more importantly, it is a time for us to remember where God has been, where God is, and where God will be when he comes again.

Each day during the season of Advent, you will find an advent reflection from faculty and students at Christian Brothers College High School. To find all the reflections, go to our Advent Reflections page.

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