The Most Holy Name of Jesus

Today is Friday the 3 January, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.  

The community of Taizé sing Behüte mich, Gott : “Keep me God, for I trust in you. You show me the path of life.  With you there is fulness of joy.”  

Today’s reading is from the Book of Ecclesiasticus.  

“I resolved to live according to wisdom”, our writer declares confidently. That is, according to what he or she has come to know, through their own experience, of God’s plan for the world. Could you say the same? Would you want to?  

This wisdom, though, doesn’t come easily. It has to be sought out, and it sounds as if that has taken years, if not decades. “My soul grappled with wisdom”, we are told. Can you think of an experience or two in your own life that has helped you grow in wisdom?  

And the journey continues. “I will search for her until the end”, our writer promises. In your own life, where are you conscious of still searching, still seeking, still moving forward and not standing still?  

As you listen to the reading again, notice particularly how the writer feels about this quest for wisdom.  

Before you finish today’s prayer, spend a few moments speaking to God about the longings and yearnings of your own life. What might God be able to offer you as you continue to pursue them?