Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

November 6, 2011

Damian Olsen

2nd Year Medical Student

Wis 6:12-16
Ps 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
1 Thes 4:13-18

It would be difficult to miss the underlying theme of wisdom in this Sunday's readings. The first reading very elegantly personifies wisdom and describes her yearning towards those who seek and love her. We are all called to seek the wisdom of God, to know him more to the point that we see the world through his eyes. Although not mentioned in today's readings, Solomon from The Old Testament is a great example of this yearning for wisdom that we hear about today. As ruler of Israel he sought not riches and wealth, but the ability to discern and judge rightly. He sought and desired the mind of God, not to be like him but to serve him better through his wisdom. God greatly blessed him and his kingship because of this.
Today people seek wisdom but in a different way and with different intentions. People desire power and money and one way to get there is through wisdom and knowledge. However it’s a different kind of wisdom, a worldly and self-centered wisdom rather than the divine clarity we hear about in the readings today. Our soul should be thirsting for God and his perfect truths as the response echos today. God is the ultimate wisdom through whom we acquire any wisdom, through whom we are blessed with our minds to think with in the first place. One valuable lesson my father taught me is that we become what we think about. If we ponder God and his infinite wisdom we shall transcend our human nature and see clearly with the eyes of Christ.
This great parable in the Gospel of Matthew today continues to reinforce this great wisdom we are all called to have. The distinguishing factor between the five virgins that are able to attend the wedding feast of the Lord and the five who are left behind is wisdom. The five that are wise enough to bring the extra oil along to wait for the bridegroom are prepared and waiting when he finally arrives. This may seem like an obvious foresight and a minor example of wisdom, but Jesus is pointing to so much more in this parable today. He is showing us that we must seek the wisdom of God in order to be prepared for his coming. Through our regular reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Eucharist God is able to pour his almighty wisdom into our hearts. He will reveal his truths to us as his wisdom “makes her own rounds, seeking those worthy of her...”
So today let us be found worthy and awake when the Lord comes. We know not the day or the hour; today God calls us to urgently seek him at all times. The more our life can be a prayer and an offering to God the more his wisdom will hasten to us and graciously appear in our hearts. Our priority and direction is reaffirmed in the depth of today's readings; let us answer the call of the Lord more perfectly today than ever. May our hearts be made ever more supple in the hands of our Creator and may our flesh pine to know the wisdom and ways of our resplendent Lord.

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