Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
********"Whoever eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood has eternal life and I will raise them on the last day." -- Mark 6:30, 31
REFLECTIONS FROM FR. DENNIS
Today’s What does it mean to be a wise person? One can be highly intelligent yet not be wise; one can be simple minded yet be extremely wise.
Wisdom involves the art of living, encompassing all aspects of our lives:
how we relate to others
how we care for our own health
how we continually seek to develop our intellect
how we discipline ourselves to perform our work or ministry
how we seek to be good stewards of our talents and finances
how we feel the responsibility of a social contract by volunteering in organizations or ministries that support the general welfare of our society and Church
how we live out our life of faith by the decisions we make in our daily lives
Wisdom helps us govern all of these things.
In today’s first reading from Proverbs 9:1-6 we hear Wisdom personified as a lady; folly is her opposite. Her dwelling place is large and welcoming to all, symbolized by the seven pillars of her house. Wisdom is a hostess who provides rich fare in food and drink for those who will accept her invitation. From Celebration we hear: “What Lady Wisdo offers in this feast is a new understanding of life. Only those simple enough to reevaluate their own wealth of knowledge and resources will eat and drink of what she has to offer. Those who are convinced that they know enough on their own must remain content with their limitations.” [Celebration, 20th Sunday in O.T., Sr. Mary M. McGlone]
We ask ourselves the following: Am I living a balanced life? Am I making good choices? Am I too proud to listen to the advice of others? Am I humble enough to be open in my life of prayer to the promptings of God’s wisdom? Am I simple enough to still be able to learn anew the ways I should walk with my God?