Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 8, 2020
( A bit late today in publishing as I was distracted by the breaking U.S. election results! I would like to say one word on that before the reflection. Here is that word:
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Psalm 63, a prayer of deep longing and faithful intimacy.
The psalm is complemented by the lyrical passage from the Book of Wisdom which immediately reminded me of my favorite verse for the Christmas season:
For while gentle silence enveloped all things,Wisdom 18: 14-15
and night had now run half its swift course,
Wisdom’s all-powerful Word leapt down from heaven,
from the royal throne,
into the midst of the shadowed land.
Using delicate feminine images, our first reading from Wisdom describes the God for whom we long – a God who longs for us as eagerly:
Resplendent and unfading is Wisdom,
and she is readily perceived by those who love her,
and found by those who seek her.
She hastens to make herself known in anticipation of their desire –
This reading forms a sort of dance with our Psalm – the first describing God’s desire, the second describing ours:
O God, you are my God whom I seek;
for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts
like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water.
Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary
to see your power and your glory,
For your kindness is a greater good than life;
my lips shall glorify you.
Our reading assures us that God readily meets our gaze:
Whoever watches for Wisdom at dawn shall not be disappointed,
for they shall find her sitting by their heart’s gate.
For taking thought of wisdom is the perfection of prudence,
and whoever for her sake keeps vigil
shall quickly be free from care;
because she makes her own rounds, seeking those worthy of her,
and graciously appears to them in the ways,
and meets them with all solicitude.
In our prayer today, let us open our deepest hearts to this Wisdom God who seeks us. Let our thirsty souls be satisfied in that loving Sacred Bliss.
Thus will I bless you while I live;
lifting up my hands, I will call upon your name.
As with the riches of a banquet shall my soul be satisfied,
and with exultant lips my mouth shall praise you.
Music: I Long for You, O Lord – The Dameans
I long for you, O Lord
With all my soul, I thirst for You.
God, my God, you I seek
for You my soul is thirsting,
Like a dry and weary land,
my spirit longs for You.
I have sought for Presence, Lord
to see your power and your glory.
Lord, your love means more than life.
I shall sing your praise.
Thus will I bless you while I live,
and I will call your name, O Lord.
As with the riches of a feast
shall my soul be satisfied.
Through the night, I remember You
for You have been my Savior.
In the shadow of your wings,
I will shout for joy.