⏰Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time 1 (25 Feb 2019)

📖Sir 1:1-10; Ps 93:1-1bc, 1d-2, 5 (R.v.1a); Mark 9:14-29


The story of the ten virgins in Matt 25:1-10 made a distinction between two sets of virgins, one wise while the other foolish. The wise ones were ready for the bridegroom when he arrived, but the foolish ones were not. So the wise ones were admitted into the marriage feast (eternal life) but the foolish ones were left out.

It is wisdom that makes it possible for those wise virgins to gain admittance into life. This forms a good part of what the book of Sirarch has for us. It calls on us to embrace wisdom if we are to live and be successful.

This wisdom is not a prerogative of particular group of people, leaving others deprived. So it was not the case that the wise virgins were favoured more than the foolish ones. The only difference was the readiness to cooperate with divine wisdom.

There is nothing we can do without the assistance of that divine wisdom. Remember that while sending out the Twelve on mission, he gave them power over unclean spirits and to heal every disease and sickness (cf. Matt 10:1). Yet, later on, in Matt 17:14ff which has its parallel in today’s Gospel, they were not able to exercise that power. Jesus reminded them that they needed to pray for wisdom to do that.

Do you now see that even that which you have planned to do in this new working week cannot be successful without divine wisdom by your side to guide you? Jesus is the wisdom of God (cf. 1 Cor 1:24). Run to him today so that may lead you to greener pastures.

May he grant you the wisdom to carry out all your affairs – both material and spiritual – to a successful end. Amen.

Peace be with you.

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1 Response

  1. Anonymous says:

    and with your spirit ,Amen.

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