28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

GRANT ME WISDOM 

By Elizabeth Chesley-Jewell

Happy Thanksgiving! Over the course of this weekend we pause and reflect on the many blessings we have received. Family and friends, food and shelter, employment and education, health and freedom, the list goes on and on. In a fast paced world where we are told to constantly seek more, this weekend we are simply grateful for what God has given us.

The readings for this Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time are closely connected to Thanksgiving. We are reminded that the things we want are not necessarily the things that we need. In fact, the things that we truly need cannot be seen by the human eye. In our first reading the author of the Book of Wisdom speaks of understanding, of the Spirit of wisdom, as the most important gift they have received from God. “I loved her more than health and beauty, and I chose to have her rather than light, because her radiance never ceases. All good things came to me along with her, and in her hands uncounted wealth.”

I am at a point in my life where I can truly relate to praying for wisdom. As I work on completing my Master of Divinity thesis I go through stages of confidence in my knowledge and abilities, and fear that I do not have the discipline or intelligence to see this project to the end. I need wisdom’s help to calm my mind so I can make the best decisions possible. At the end of the day she will be more precious to me than beauty or wealth. There are many moments and decisions in our lives that wisdom can help us navigate.

Struggles in a relationship, making the big move for a new job, how to best care for an ailing parent or spouse. When we look to the Spirit of wisdom to guide us and bring us peace we are seeking what the physical world cannot give us. We are asking wisdom to point our hearts towards God so we may bring His presence into the world through our words and actions. On this thanksgiving weekend let us rejoice for all that we have.

But let us also pray for the Spirt of wisdom to guide our thoughts and actions so that we may open our eyes and hearts to the needs of others and make choices that reflect the kingdom of God on earth.

Today’s Readings:

Wisdom 7.7-11

Hebrews 4.12-13

Mark 10.17-30