for Sunday, August 19, 2012
Today the readings invite us to live wisely. Wisdom is a gift described in
the Old Testament as a deep understanding and comprehension of other
people, of things that happen or of situations in which we find ourselves
and this wisdom gives us an ability to make choices and act in a way to
have a good or a better life.
Wisdom is a practical gift, not just a gift of intellectual understanding.
It is important to recognize this gift in our lives. The first reading
today, from the Book of Proverbs, speaks of this wisdom.
The Gospel today then helps us understand how this wisdom is present in
our accepting of the gift that Jesus gives to us: His body and His blood
for the life of the world. Many of His followers could not accept the
reality of this gift. Perhaps they did not believe that He is God, perhaps
they could not accept the form of the gift, or perhaps there were other
causes of their rejection of Jesus. They would not walk with Him anymore.
Part of growing in our Christian faith is coming to the point where we
know that we must decide to believe and continue with belief, or we must
choose against belief. These situations either deepen our faith or they
make our faith less.
The Letter to the Ephesians brings the first reading and the Gospel
together when it tells us: Watch carefully how you live, not as foolish
persons but as wise… do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand
what is the will of the Lord.
If we are to live wisely, we must take the time to reflect on our lives
and on any decisions that are necessary in our lives. We must ask the Holy
Spirit to give us the gift of Wisdom. Let us be attentive so that we may
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Proverbs 9.1-6
Second Reading: Ephesians 5.15-20
Gospel: John 6.51-58
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