Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
August 31, 2020
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Psalm 119, a song of the wisdom that comes from holiness.
Your command has made me wiser than my enemies,Psalm 119: 97-98
for it is ever with me.
I have more understanding than all my teachers
when your decrees are my meditation.
I have more discernment than the elders,
because I observe your precepts.
And we’ve all met them, haven’t we – those grounded, simple, wise and joyful people whose spirits are tied to that Sacred Thread running through all Creation. These blessed souls may be young or old, schooled or not. No matter – they shine with the reflection of Wisdom Itself.
Paul humbly claims such wisdom in our first reading. It is not a worldly persuasiveness, but rather a demonstration of truth and power grounded in the Spirit.
… my message and my proclamation1 Corinthians 2: 4-5
were not with persuasive words of wisdom,
but with a demonstration of spirit and power,
so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom
but on the power of God.
In our Gospel, Jesus chooses his hometown synagogue to announce that he is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy, the Spirit and Wisdom of God:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,Luke 4: 18-19 (Isaiah 61: 1-2)
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.
Jesus is the Incarnation of Wisdom, the Divine Spirit that surpasses all human understanding.
Many turned away from Jesus at this proclamation. May we never be among them.
From every evil way I withhold my feet,Psalm 119: 101-102
that I may keep your words.
From your ordinances I turn not away,
for you have instructed me.
Poetry: Wisdom by Rumi
I have one small drop of knowing in my soul.
Let it dissolve in Your ocean.
Music: Be Thou My Vision – Eden’s Bridge ( On the video, you can drop the menu you down using the little arrowhead on the right under the picture. The Irish and English lyrics will then be displayed.)