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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Reflection for 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year A)

Sunday 27/07/2014

Wisdom is the ability to make the right decision and the right judgement at the right time. The Gospel reading (Mt. 13:44-52) invites us to always take the right decision. The wise merchant made the right decision to sell all he had in order to buy the pearl of great price. The right decision is that which places God above every other thing. We have to seek what is pleasing to God first because the Bible says, seek first the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness and every other thing will be added to it.

Solomon in the first reading (1 Kings 3:5, 7-12) asked for wisdom, which was pleasing to God. The bible says wisdom knows what is pleasing to God (cf. Wisdom 9:9) and we have to do what is pleasing to God even when it is unpleasant to us. Once we make the right choice by making God our most valuable treasure, we can never regret our decision no matter the outcome because the second reading (Rom. 8:28-30) assures us that all things work for good for those who love God.

We are wise when we abandon every other engagement and go for mass on Sunday but foolish when we think of the time we shall spend in the Church and so miss Sunday mass. Let us like Solomon ask for the wisdom to know and do what is pleasing in the sight of God . Happy Sunday.

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