Wisdom is once again mentioned in the Scriptures proclaimed on this day. It is teamed with prudence as special gifts which are beyond compare to and to desired and cherished beyond any other gift for they are without compare. Wisdom and prudence should guide our words, actions and attitudes. They serve truth and deem us, in all ways, to do what is right and just. They also compel us, when faulty or fearful reason cries out in a loud voice, to do what is merciful. It seems that the child-like (whose virtues are true innocence and trust) or the truly mature (whose virtues serve divine reliance) eagerly hear the voice of the Lord Jesus who calls us to completely trust that his is the way, the truth and the life.
The story of the man with many possessions (Mark 10:17-30) focuses our reflection as we are asked what is it that we cherish (or love) more, our possession or the possession of eternal life? Or, in other words, what comes first? Occasionally at Mass we sing a hymn bases upon the text found in the Gospel of Saint Matthew (6:33) which expands this reflection:
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things will be given unto you, Allelu, Alleluia. (© 1972 Maranatha! Music)
Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation begins on Saturday, October 17. If you would like to join for prayer and catechesis, please call the Faith Formation office for more information.
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!