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"At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants…” (Lk 10: 17-21)...As the Lord says in the above-cited passage, these things have indeed been “hidden from the wise and intelligent,” and “revealed to infants.” (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

“…God has hidden the mysteries from the wise of the world, not out of malice toward His creatures, but because of their own unworthiness; it was they who chose to trust their own fallen wisdom and judgment rather than God.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Matthew 11:25)

“The light of Jesus’ truth is revealed to us, not hidden. But we may not be able to see or to use all of that truth right now. Only as we put God’s teachings into practice will we understand and see more of the truth. The truth is clear, but our ability to understand is imperfect.” (Life Application Study Bible, Mark 4:24-25)

“The gift of spiritual knowledge—that is, when we begin to perceive the hidden things of God—is conferred on us through repentance and the fear of God, which gives birth to a deeper faith.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Job 42:5)

“…when a man’s knowledge is raised above the concerns of the world, he sees noetically – that is, with his heart – “what is hidden from the eyes. . . .Then faith . . . itself swallows up knowledge, converts it, and begets it anew. . . . Then it can soar in the realms of the bodiless. . . . Then the inner senses awaken for spiritual doing.” (Saint Isaac the Syrian)

“The word “apocalypse” has come to mean a terrible disaster at the end of the world…But this popular meaning has robbed us of an essential word, one worth recapturing. Apocalypse means “to reveal,” or, better, “to take out of hiding.” Nothing within the word itself has anything to do with disasters (or zombies)…It is a “revealing” of “hidden things”…If we understood things correctly, we would understand that the whole of the Christian faith is apocalyptic. Our faith is about learning to live in the revealing of things that were hidden. True Christianity should never be obvious. It is, indeed, the struggle to live out what is not obvious. The Christian life is rightly meant to be an apocalypse.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“The parable of the pearl of great price illustrates those who have been searching in their hearts for Him and finally find Him and His Church. The other pearls represent all the various teachings and philosophies of the world. These treasures are hidden in that they are neither recognized nor valued by those immersed in worldliness.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Matthew

13:44-46)

“Transparency of the heart must rule if we are to have an honest relationship with God. Nothing can be hidden from the Lord, yet we often live as though we could hide what we know is not pleasing to Him. Putting on a face may work with relatives, but trying to fake piety and goodness does not work with God. If we are truly desirous of a relationship with God, we must begin by being honest with ourselves, confronting that part of us that needs to be changed.” (Abbot Tryphon)

“The point of Christianity is not to make that which is hidden to be more obvious. It is to take our life into what is hidden and live in a new manner. For what is hidden is an entirely new way of being.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“The eyes of the Lord look continuously into our own hearts to see if we serve Him…The eyes of the Lord see every movement of our hearts!...No niche or secret recess within the human heart remains hidden from the Lord.” (Dynamis 3/24/2015)

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