32nd Week in Ordinary Time
Psalter: Week 4
Ps 119:89, 90, 91, 130, 135, 175
Your word is for ever, O Lord.
1st Reading: Wis 7:22b—8:1
Because Wisdom, who designed them all, taught me.
In her is a spirit that is intelligent, saintly, unique, manifold, subtle, active, concise, pure and lucid. It cannot corrupt, loves what is good and nothing can restrain it; it is beneficent, loving humankind, steadfast, dependable, calm though almighty. It sees everything and penetrates all spirits, however intelligent, subtle and pure they may be.
Wisdom, in fact, surpasses in mobility all that moves, and being so pure pervades and permeates all things.
She is a breath of the power of God, a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; nothing impure can enter her. She is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of God’s action and an image of his goodness.
She is but one, yet Wisdom can do all things and, herself unchanging, she renews all things. She enters holy souls, making them prophets and friends of God, for God loves only those who live with Wisdom.
She is indeed more beautiful than the sun and surpasses all the constellations; she outrivals light, for light gives way to night, but evil cannot prevail against Wisdom. Wisdom displays her strength from one end of the earth to the other, ordering all things rightly.
Gospel: Lk 17:20–25
The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was to come. He answered, “The kingdom of God is not like something you can observe and say of it: ‘Look, here it is! There it is!’ See, the kingdom of God is among you.”
And Jesus said to his disciples, “The time is at hand when you will long to see one of the glorious days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. Then people will tell you: ‘Look there! Look here!’ Do not go, do not follow them. As lightning flashes from one end of the sky to the other, so will it be with the Son of Man. But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this people.”
Once a little fish swarm up to an elderly fish and inquired, “Where do I find this thing they call the Sea?” The wise old fish replied, “The Sea, my child, is the thing you are in right now.” “Don’t fool me. This is just plain water. I am looking for the Sea,” said the disappointed little fish as it swarm away in search of another consultation.
The Pharisees asked Jesus: “When would the Kingdom of God come”? “The Kingdom of God is among you,” answered the Christ. The wise see it, feel it, taste it, and live in it. Those who are not keep looking for it elsewhere and miss it, right under their nose.
The first reading sings the glories of Divine Wisdom. She enters holy souls, making them prophets and friends of God. Let us open ourselves to receive God’s Wisdom, and then we will have the inner sight to recognize the Kingdom that is already within us, around us, and among us.
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