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September 19, 2012, Wednesday, Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

September 29, 2012

Luke 7:31-35We played the flute for you, but you did not dance.  We sang a dirge for you, but you did not weep.


Again, we have hard readings.  Sure, Paul’s letter is a favorite to many, and Luke’s account of the Lord’s testimony to John is, well, full of description and color.  But the Church threw them together to be our Liturgy of the Word today.  At first hearing, they do not synch. But the Wisdom of the Church shines on us today!

“Wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”  In Proverbs 1:20 we hear ‘Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the open square she raises her voice.’  Wisdom, Luke writes, is personified and she proclaims the moral order; ‘how long, you simple ones, will you love inanity’ (Proverbs 1:22).  This crowd lacks sense.

Paul, talks passionately to the Corinthians, emphasizing the metanoia of men that is a conversion; a change of mind.  Man has reached a turning point: nurtured by faith, hope, and agape love, for it is by this love that comes from God to us in Jesus Christ.  When we open ourselves up to that love, and allow God’s love to be active in us in the unmotivated love of others, “then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.”

then I shall know fully, as I am fully known – Saint Paul

John and Jesus are the children of Wisdom, and the works of Jesus are those of divine Wisdom.  Brothers and sisters, this is the wellspring of our faith.  Didn’t we just hear on Sunday, St. James writing to us, “Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works”?  The crowds?  They reject the asceticism of John as being, well, a little over the top.  And they reject the table associations of Jesus, also – sinners and tax collectors make for a poor choice of dinner guests for any Messiah it seems.  They don’t get it.

God loves us as sinners in Christ Jesus.  All of us: saints and sinners, rich and poor, wise and fool.  We are One Body – the Church.  Called to love by the Eucharist.  Called by love to be together, today, at table.  When we go out from our Communion, be sure to share that Wisdom with the crowds.  It is by sharing Wisdom, that someone today will recognize God imprinted on their heart, and turn to seek him out.

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