The book of Wisdom, written about 100 B.C. by a wise person of the Jewish community in Alexandria addresses the most popular theme of the day, "Divine Wisdom". The author begins the book by calling people to "love justiceremembers the Lord's goodness.and seeks the Lord in integrity of heart .." Because God is the witness of man's inmost self!
O Lord, you have probed me and you know me;
You know when I sit and when I stand;
You understand my thoughts from afar ..
Jesus said to his disciples, scandals will happen! But do not scandalize anyone.
BE CAREFUL NOT SEND A YOUNGER OR WEAKER PERSON ON THE WRONG WAY!
Learn to correct your brother. But be generous and gracious and learn to forgive.
Christian standard of forgiveness must immeasurably exceed the best the world can achieve!
Jesus had offered several challenges to his disciples (Luke 16 - 17). Faced with these overwhelming challenges, the apostles asked Jesus for an "increase of faith".
The imageries of mustard seed and sycamore tree seem to imply that the apostles possessed the "gift" of faith. All they had to do was to live it, unwrap the gift they had, translate it into action and see to its maintenance and care - they had to nurture it and give it life.
GRACEFULNESS:WANT TO BE GRACEFUL? DON'T FILL YOUR TIME WITH WORRY. FIX WHAT YOU CAN AND LEAVE THE REST TO THE LORD.
Fr. Gus Tharappel,msfs