10-10-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. Arul Doss

Dear People of God,

Good morning to you all. On this twenty-eight Sunday of ordinary time, we celebrate Christ the Wisdom and Word of God. Christ is sufficient and all things for us. We are rich in him because, he is alive and active in our hearts. We must be willing to give up everything in this life for the sake of the Lord Jesus.

Our first reading today personalizes Wisdom. She is the most precious of all pearls. She is God himself. All good things come from, and must return to Him. Nothing can be compared with Her. Nothing has value without Her. Whoever possesses her has everything. All created things only partake in the beauty and splendor of God. Hence, we must seek wisdom more than material wealth. This is because, to possess her, is to possess the most precious of all wealth. Hence, saint Augustine reminds us that: Our heart must not rest until it is united with this precious Wisdom.

In our second reading, the letter to the Hebrews describes the word of God as: “a double-aged sword that cuts across the bones.” Through this, it simply reminds us that the word of God is the ultimate and irresistible power through which God reaches and enriches us.

Today’s gospel is very interesting. It highlights the fact that, a truly rich person is one who possesses true Wisdom and not just material wealth alone. It also, reminds us of how material wealth could be a grave obstacle to obtaining true Wisdom. The rich man in today’s gospel came to justify himself, and to parade his religious piety. Indeed, Jesus appreciated his effort. However, Christ knew that something was really lacking in him. Christ diagnosed him of only problem, attachment to his wealth.

Finally, in order to be truly wise in our dealings with the wealth of this world, we must seek the wisdom and understanding that comes from God. let us humbly pray to God, the true wisdom: “Fill us with your wisdom, that we may rejoice.”

Have a Happy and Blessed Sunday!

Yours in Jesus,
Fr. Doss