St Martin of Tours | Thursday 11 November 2021
Today is Thursday the 11 November, the feast of St Martin of Tours, in the 32nd week of Ordinary time.
Salt of the Sound sing, ‘I Need Thee Every Hour’. As you begin prayer today, come before God acknowledging your own need for Him…
Today’s reading is from the book of Wisdom.
Wisdom 7:15-22, 8: 1
for wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me.
There is in her a spirit that is intelligent, holy,
unique, manifold, subtle,
mobile, clear, unpolluted,
distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen,
irresistible, beneficent, humane,
steadfast, sure, free from anxiety,
all-powerful, overseeing all,
and penetrating through all spirits
that are intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle.
For wisdom is more mobile than any motion;
because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things.
For she is a breath of the power of God,
and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her.
For she is a reflection of eternal light,
a spotless mirror of the working of God,
and an image of his goodness.
Although she is but one, she can do all things,
and while remaining in herself, she renews all things;
in every generation she passes into holy souls
and makes them friends of God, and prophets;
for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.
She is more beautiful than the sun,
and excels every constellation of the stars.
Compared with the light she is found to be superior,
for it is succeeded by the night,
but against wisdom evil does not prevail.
She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other,
and she orders all things well.
Who do you know in your life who is truly wise? Perhaps a mentor, or friend. Maybe a teacher, church leader or a priest. Spend a few moments reflecting on the characteristics that make them truly wise to you.
The wisdom of God ‘orders all things well.’ Is this something you have experienced in your life? What was it like?
As you listen again to the reading, notice if a particular word or phrase that describes wisdom stands out to you...
Is there a situation in your life that requires wisdom? Knowing that God’s wisdom orders everything well, talk with the Lord about this…you might like to ask for wisdom to be given too.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.