Sunday September 30, 2012 The 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Those who trust in their wealth and boast of their abundant riches …
For all their riches, if mortals do not have wisdom, they perish like the beasts.
Psalm 49: 7,21
Are we rich enough, safe enough, famous enough, beautiful enough or strong enough? What standards are we using to measure if, how and when we are enough? We boast and flaunt our accomplishments, prestige and fortune. All for what? Beauty, fame and fortune fade and die in time but the wisdom of God in our hearts gives us eternal life. The wisdom and love of God in our hearts is enough. It will make us rich in compassion, safe in eternal life, remembered for our presence, beautiful in the eyes of mercy and strong in faith and perseverance. The humility of wisdom inspires us to recognize that the wealth and abundant riches of faith, hope and love are what make us enough in the eyes of God.
Dear Jesus, help me to seek wisdom so that my heart may know the abundant blessings of faith, hope and love. Amen.
Share with me how wisdom has challenged, altered or inspired your response to finacial wealth? I am open to listen and reflect on your insight.
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure,
then peaceable, gentle and compliant,
full of mercy and good fruits,
without inconsistency and insincerity.
Advice is generously offered from so called experts appearing on popular talk shows, strangers with similar experiences, friends with good intentions and family members that have a vested interest in the outcome. At times, we listen to their suggestions, hoping for some meaningful insight, direction or guidance. At other times, we wish for the voices to be silent or for the dilemma to simply vanish from our life. Advice is not the same as wisdom. Wisdom addresses the issue from the perspective of our loving God, all knowing, just and trustworthy. God doesn’t have any hidden motives or ulterior agendas. If it is advice we need, the wisdom of God is only a silent, heartfelt prayer away. The wisdom response will call us in humility and compassion to forgive, offer peace and sincerely seek the Truth that Jesus Christ offers us.
Dear Jesus, open my heart to your wisdom so I may be pure of heart, gentle and sincere in the joys and struggles of my life. Amen
For what issues in your life are you most in need of the wisdom of God
and not the advice of experts, friends and family?
How does wisdom change your response?
Please share your thoughts and prayer. I am open to listen and hear how the word of God and this meditation touches your heart and life. Thank you. May God bless us.