Friday, November 15, 2019

Friday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Albert the Great, Doctor Universalis "Universal Doctor" (1206-1280)

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 37 Care for the Elderly and the Young
Mass: Wis 13:1-9; Resp Ps 19; Lk 17:26-37

The heavens proclaim the glory of God.

In today's passage from the Book of Wisdom, the author writes of those who were by nature foolish and in ignorance of God; who from good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is, and from studying the works did not discern the artisan (Wis 13:1). These are those who make gods out of fire, wind, or the swift air, or stars or water (Wis 13:2). These folks seek God and wish to find Him, but searching mightily among His works, are distracted by what they see, because the things seen are fair (Wis 13:6-7). From these verses a question arises: What is distracting me from seeking the living and true God who made heaven and earth and all that is in it?

Desire is the source and deepest root of love. When we become explicitly aware of it, so that the will can convert it into the search for God, it becomes the loving desire for God. We can say that we are desire, because God is Desire in us. It is he who awakens our desire so as to satisfy our hope and make it live, and that is why desire is a grace.
(Bernardo Olivera, OCSO)


© Gertrude Feick 2019

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