Thursday 15th October – Memorial of St. Theresa of Avila, Virgin & Doctor

Reflection: Luke 11:47-54


Do you honor those who speak the wisdom of God and do you heed their message?  God’s Wisdom is personified in the voice of the prophets, a voice that always brought rejection and martyrdom because they spoke for God. Jesus chastised the religious leaders of his day for being double-minded and for demanding from others standards which they refused to satisfy.  They professed admiration for the prophets by building their tombs while at the same time they opposed their message and closed their ears to the word of God.

What does Jesus mean when he says they have taken away the key of knowledge? The lawyers and scribes held the “office of the keys” since they were the official interpreters of the scriptures.  They not only shut themselves to heaven; they also hindered others from understanding God’s word.  Through pride and envy, they rejected not only the prophets of old, but God’s final prophet, Jesus.  Jesus is the “key of David” (see Isaiah 22:22; Rev. 3:7) who opens heaven to those who accept him as Lord and Savior. He is the “Wisdom of God” and source of everlasting life. Only the humble of heart, those who submit to God and acknowledge their dependence on him can receive this wisdom. God is ever ready to speak his word to us and to give us wisdom and understanding. Beloved, we are called today to listen to the word of God and abide by it, unlike the scribes in the gospel reading we should not look for every possible way to conquer the truth rather we should uphold it. Ask yourself today‘Do you hunger for the wisdom which comes from above?’

PRAYER:“Govern all by your wisdom, O Lord, so that my soul may always be serving you as you will, and not as I may choose.  Do not punish me, I beseech you, by granting that which I wish or ask, if it offends your love, which would always live in me.  Let me die to myself that so I may serve you; let me live to you, who in yourself are the true life. “(Prayer of St. Theresa of Avila)

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 777 – The word “Church means “convocation.” It designates the assembly of those whom God’s word “convokes,” i.e. gathers together to form the people of God, and who themselves, nourished with the Body of Christ, become the Body of Christ.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom.” Colossians 3:16 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Rom 3:21-30; Ps 130: 1-6; Lk 11:47-54


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