Sunday, May 19, 2013

Monday, 7th Week of Ordinary Time

Today we return to Ordinary Time.  Perhaps our last day in Ordinary time may seem to have been months, months ago..  That may give us some inkling how swiftly time flashes by when we are busy or have been occupied in our work ... and hopefully in our prayer.

"To grow in Christ is to grow in wisdom" is a remark that most would accept.  This particularly true on the day after Pentecost Sunday.  What lies between today and the beginning of the next major Church season of Advent is the green fields of Ordinary Time.

These months are a time for us to decide how much wisdom we recognize as needy in each of our lives.  The summer will pass swiftly.  Begin now to look at what might be good for us to embark upon during these days ahead.  How will I seek to strengthen the wisdom God has already given?

Now is the time to consider some spiritual reading for the summer.  Perhaps we might even embark upon a time to engage in some serious daily readings of the writings in the Bible.  If we seriously take time to grow in Christ, our friend, our Lord, as we did during the Lenten season, we will naturally grow in wisdom.  To do this demands that we plan our strategy through prayer.  Again the more we engage Jesus in prayer, the stronger does our ability to grow in wisdom happen.

All wisdom comes from the LORD
and with him it remains forever, and is before all time
The sand of the seashore, the drops of rain,
the days of eternity: who can number these?
Heaven’s height, earth’s breadth,
the depths of the abyss: who can explore these?
Before all things else wisdom was created;
and prudent understanding, from eternity.
The word of God on high is the fountain of wisdom
and her ways are everlasting.
To whom has wisdom’s root been revealed?
Who knows her subtleties?
To whom has the discipline of wisdom been revealed?
And who has understood the multiplicity of her ways ?
There is but one, wise and truly awe-inspiring,
seated upon his throne:
There is but one, Most High 
all-powerful creator-king and truly awe-inspiring one,
seated upon his throne and he is the God of dominion.
It is the LORD; he created her through the Holy Spirit,
has seen her and taken note of her.
He has poured her forth upon all his works,
upon every living thing according to his bounty;
he has lavished her upon his friends.