Falling in Love with Wisdom
Malvern Minute

 

November 16, 2017 – Thursday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Margaret of Scotland

 

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

 

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

 

A reading from the Book of Wisdom (7:22b-8:1)

 

In Wisdom is a spirit
intelligent, holy, unique,
Manifold, subtle, agile,
clear, unstained, certain,
Not baneful, loving the good, keen,
unhampered, beneficent, kindly,
Firm, secure, tranquil,
all-powerful, all-seeing,
And pervading all spirits,
though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.

For Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion,
and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity.
For she is an aura of the might of God
and a pure effusion of the glory of the Almighty;

therefore nought that is sullied enters into her.
For she is the refulgence of eternal light,
the spotless mirror of the power of God,
the image of his goodness.

And she, who is one, can do all things,
and renews everything while herself perduring;

And passing into holy souls from age to age,
she produces friends of God and prophets.
For there is nought God loves, be it not one who dwells with Wisdom.
For she is fairer than the sun
and surpasses every constellation of the stars.

Compared to light, she takes precedence;
for that, indeed, night supplants,
but wickedness prevails not over Wisdom.

Indeed, she reaches from end to end mightily
and governs all things well.

 

Reflect: For she is the refulgence of eternal light, the spotless mirror of the power of God, the image of his goodness. Wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit. We pray for Wisdom. Today’s reading helps us to get an insight into what Wisdom is about. Words fail to grasp the full meaning of Wisdom, but scripture tries: “ In Wisdom is a spirit intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, agile, clear, unstained, certain, not baneful, loving the good, keen, unhampered, beneficent, kindly, firm, secure, tranquil, all-powerful, all-seeing, and pervading all spirits, though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.” Wisdom is quite attractive! Who wouldn’t want to be filled with Wisdom? Yet, we can’t access Wisdom if we seek it for our own ends. Wisdom is made available to us to manifest the presence of God; to advance the Kingdom of God. Without doubt, it comes from the Holy Spirit; however, we must be receptive to this powerful grace from God. For Wisdom to prevail in our lives, we need to step out of the way. Our pride and arrogance must be put in check. It’s all about letting the Spirit of God take over our lives; to guide and direct all that we are about – our thoughts, inspirations, aspirations, decision-making. To truly love and desire Wisdom is to love and desire God; “she is the mirror of the power of God, the image of his goodness.” She is a powerful instrument. She is most beautiful. She reflects God and helps us to turn to God in trust; believing that his ways are the right ways, the true ways, the only ways to the fullness of life. May Wisdom light a fire in our hearts to seek God, to love God, and to serve God with every fiber of our being!

 

Questions: Do I desire Wisdom? Am I willing put my pride, arrogance and self-sufficiency aside to invite Wisdom into my life? What might be some ordinary situations that God is presenting to me as opportunities for Wisdom to make an impact in my life?

 

Pray: Loving God, you are the source of all things; all that I am, and all that I have. Help me to desire Wisdom so that I might always be united with your holy and divine will. I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

                                                                                                             

Saint Margaret of Scotland: Pray for us!

Margaret was born in England, educated in Hungary, and did her great work in Scotland. She was married to King Malcolm III of Scotland, and the mother of eight children. Her vigorous work for reform of the Church in Scotland included the founding of monasteries, churches, and hostels for traveling pilgrims. She unified the Scots by introducing the liturgy in Latin. Margaret died in 1093 at the age of forty-seven. She is the patroness of Scotland.

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