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The first reading at Mass this past Sunday (23rd Sunday of the Year C) speaks to our limitations and need for humility.
or who can conceive what the LORD intends?
Unsure - Plans
and unsure are our plans.
and the earthen shelter weighs down the mind that has many concerns.
Grasp - Difficulty
and what is within our grasp we find with difficulty;
but when things are in heaven, who can search them out?
and sent your holy spirit from on high?
And thus were the paths of those on earth made straight (Wisdom 9:13-18).
Reasons - Humility - Prescription - Humble
Let’s ponder three reasons for humility and then a prescription for the humble.
1. Our Perceptions – The text says, Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the Lord intends? … and what is within our grasp we find with difficulty; but when things are in heaven, who can search them out? Or who ever knew your counsel, …?
Age - Things - Idea - Teenagers - Parents
Living in a scientific age and having explained many things that were once mysterious to us, we tend to have an exaggerated idea of what we know. Teenagers often protest to their parents: “I know a few things, too!” Yes indeed, they (and we) do know a few things—a very few things. This is especially true when it comes to the hidden knowledge and counsel of God.
God sees things comprehensively. He lives in the “eternal now”: past, present, and future are all together. Nothing escapes His grasp, and He is able to draw good even out of the great evil we hurl at Him.
Paradox - Cross - Contrast - Thinking - World
The paradox of the cross stands in stark contrast to the thinking of the world. As St. Paul says, the cross is foolishness to the Gentiles and a stumbling block to the Jews, but to us who believe, it is the wisdom and the power of God (see 1 Cor 1:23-24).
Though at times we are puzzled,...
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