Monday of the 32nd week in ordinary time year A
Wisdom 1: 1-7 Luke 17: 1-6
Theme: Be upright!
In the 1st reading of today from the Book of Wisdom, we are all encouraged to love righteousness. This stems from the fact that we all desire to have the gift of wisdom in our lives, knowing fully well the value it will add to our lives if we are privileged to have it in our lives. It is all encompassing, in the sense that it includes knowledge and intelligence, and the fear of God. In view of this, we are told that we must be upright in our dealings if we truly desire to possess wisdom in our lives. This is very important because the spirit of God cannot dwell in a place where there is evil or deceit. Remember, Jesus is the fulness of Gods wisdom. Thus, we must strive to embrace holiness and uprightness in our daily lives if we truly desire to have the wisdom that comes from above.
The Book of wisdom is encouraging all of us as children of God, to make honest and sincere effort to live an upright life, so that when we seek the wisdom of God, we will find it. We are lucky and privileged because the word of God continues to give us the direction that we need, if we truly desire to be one with God; it is now left for you to make a choice and decide whether you want to follow the path that God is showing you or not. At least we already have a map that will help us achieve whatever we desire at the end of our earthly life. Interestingly, God does not force anyone to go along with his path, the decision is yours to make at any point in time. Just like the response to our psalm says, “Lead me, Lord, in the way everlasting”. Allow God to lead, while you follow behind and you will never miss the path that will lead you to life eternal.
One of the ways through which we can live an upright and holy life, is by practicing forgiveness in our lives. When one offends you and show remorse, Jesus said we should let go and forgive the person. This is important because when we are angry and refuse to forgive another, we give room for hatred and bitterness, and we do not need that in our lives if we truly desire the presence of the holy spirit in our lives. We pray for grace to live our lives in a way that will be good and pleasing to our heavenly father, in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.