Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 September

This weekend is Saturday the 7 and Sunday the 8 September, beginning the twenty third week of Ordinary Time.  

Ladysmith Black Mambazo sing: ‘O my heart be wise when your enemies surround you.  Keep praying; ask the Lord for help.  For he is powerful.  That is your weapon; do not lose it.  Pray without ceasing, for the Lord is powerful.’          

The readings we’ve heard this week have been full of plans: The plans Jesus has for his own ministry, shown in the choices he makes in its early days; The plans of a group of fishermen, knocked off course when they encounter a man who invites them to leave everything and follow him; The plans God had from the beginning, to bring all people, living and dead, to live with him in unity with Christ. For a Christian, making plans includes trying to discover what God wants. This weekend’s reading from the Book of Wisdom, considers how far that is possible.    

When you first hear this passage, it might sound a if the writer thinks it impossible for human beings ever to understand God. In your own experience, how far has that seemed true?  

However, the reading goes on to speak of a gift, the wisdom that God gives. With this, it suggests, we have some chance of knowing what pleases God. What does that wisdom look like in your own life?  

The writer even claims that the people were “saved” by this wisdom. Can you recall a time when listening to the wisdom of God saved you from taking a wrong turn in life?  

As you listen to the passage again, try to hear it in the light of some good decisions you’ve been able to make, with God’s help.  

You might, finally, want to respond to these words by asking God for the wisdom you need now. Or by thanking god for times when he has given you wisdom in the past.