Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 16 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Most people love an invitation to dinner. For one thing, they won't have to cook for themselves that day. For another thing, they look forward to talking with friends. How many people there are in the world today who would give anything for a dinner invitation, since otherwise they would not eat at all! I'm speaking of the hungry poor. More people than ever, both at home and in Third World countries, are literally starving from lack of food. And we're all starving for spiritual food that satisfies.
For several Sundays, the Gospel has told us about Jesus' attempt to convince a large crowd that He Himself is the living Bread come down from heaven, bread that will satisfy their hungry spirits. Instead of responding with shouts of joy, the people argue among themselves as to how "this man" could possibly do what He says He will do. Already some of them turn away and leave for their homes.
In every age, it takes real wisdom for people to believe in the gift that Jesus offers us. What is wisdom? Wisdom involves seeing deep down below the surface of words and events, making a judgment as to the truth of that insight, and giving an assent which we call "understanding." Wisdom is a gift. It's one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Wisdom can be lost through carelessness. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, lost his precious gift through sinful living.
In the first reading today from the Book of Proverbs, God offers the gift of wisdom at a banquet prepared for all "who are simple" and "lack understanding." All we have to do is forsake the path of foolishness and sin, and we will then grow in "understanding."
In the second reading from the Letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul urges us to live not as foolish persons, but as wise ones. Why? Because wisdom leads to understanding, and understanding leads us to faith in the words of Jesus.
O Holy Spirit, grant us more wisdom each day, that we may not only understand the Living Bread of Life, but that we may receive this Bread more worthily.
~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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Sunday, August 16, 2009
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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