THURSDAY OF THE THIRTY-SECOND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

November 14, 2019

Wisdom 7:22B–8:1

 

In Wisdom is a spirit

that is intelligent, holy,
unique, manifold, subtle,
mobile, clear, unpolluted,
distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen,
irresistible, beneficent, humane,
steadfast, sure, free from anxiety,
all-powerful, overseeing all,
and penetrating through all spirits
that are intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle.
For wisdom is more mobile than any motion;
because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things.
For she is a breath of the power of God,
and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her.
For she is a reflection of eternal light,
a spotless mirror of the working of God,
and an image of his goodness.
Although she is but one, she can do all things,
and while remaining in herself, she renews all things;
in every generation she passes into holy souls
and makes them friends of God, and prophets;
for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.
She is more beautiful than the sun,
and excels every constellation of the stars.
Compared with the light she is found to be superior,
for it is succeeded by the night,
but against wisdom evil does not prevail.
She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other,
and she orders all things well.

 

 

Psalm 119:89-91, 130, 135, 175

 

 

The Lord exists forever;
    your word is firmly fixed in heaven.
Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
    you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
By your appointment they stand today,
    for all things are your servants.

The unfolding of your words gives light;
    it imparts understanding to the simple.

Make your face shine upon your servant,
    and teach me your statutes.

Let me live that I may praise you,
    and let your ordinances help me.

 

Luke 17:20-25

 

Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.”

Then he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. They will say to you, ‘Look there!’ or ‘Look here!’ Do not go, do not set off in pursuit. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must endure much suffering and be rejected by this generation.

 (NRSVCE)

Meditation

 

Everyone longs for the perfect world to live in. But when we think about it, we realize that it is not up to us alone to be able to live in the Kingdom of God. Even if we have the Kingdom in our own hearts, like Jesus suffered, we too suffer the lack or what is missing of the Kingdom by the darkness in the world.

 

In the book of Wisdom, we read, “Compared with the light she is found to be superior…” Then in the Gospel we read “For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. “ The analogy of lightning filling the sky is like Jesus who is the light. The light is powerful. We all can see it and we all can hear it. Yet the light is not as powerful as wisdom.

 

It is in wisdom that people go to the light and acknowledge the light. Wisdom makes disciples who long for that perfect world. Wisdom is the spirit that we long for: holiness, purity, goodness, beneficence, humaneness, steadfastness, freedom from anxiety, and a ruler who is all-powerful.

 

The Gospel is telling us to be wise, to accept the Kingdom of God into our own hearts and to share this Kingdom with others so that we can have that security and provision we desire. We need the order and the love of God so that we can enjoy the fullness of His Kingdom and see it established in the earth.

 

Today we pray, “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes. Let me live that I may praise you, and let your ordinances help me.”

 

 

 

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