Saturday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time [I]

Saturday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time [I]
Sirach 51:12-20  +  Mark 11:27-33
May 29, 2021

“My hand opened her gate and I came to know her secrets.”

Today concludes our hearing from the book of Sirach at weekday Mass.  Sirach is a long (51 chapters) mediation on the seeker’s relationship with Wisdom, whom Sirach personifies in feminine terms.

The words from today’s First Reading could be imagined as spoken by the seeker in his old age, looking back over a long life of searching after Wisdom.  Especially poignant is the seeker recognizing his need to offer “grateful praise” to Wisdom, whom he calls “my teacher”.

Many schools and colleges have recently ended a semester of studies.  If you’re not a student, recall the days you spent listening to teachers.  Perhaps one especially “spoke” to you, moving your heart and mind to a deeper appreciation of one of the arts or sciences of our Western culture.  Keeping that one special teacher in mind, consider how that teacher passed on not just information or knowledge to you, but wisdom.

Through the Scriptures, Tradition and Sacred Liturgy of His Church, Christ continues to enlighten the minds and hearts of all who hear and heed the Father’s Word.  Offer grateful praise today to the Word of God made flesh, who offers you His very Self in the Holy Eucharist.