September 24, 2020

If someone were to write a play setting Herod in today’s world, we might find him scrolling down his Facebook feed, feeling perplexed after reading about all that was happening. I know many people who have decided to disconnect from social media because of the constant chaos that it seems to bring into their lives. The barrage of opinions on all sorts of issues can leave one feeling quite perplexed. Yet sometimes, we come upon the quote of a great Saint, or a passage from Scripture and a ray of light shines in the dark.

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart (Psalm 90:12). This line from today’s psalm shines like an oasis in the desert, between the “vanity of human toil” from our first reading and the confusion of Herod in the gospel. So, what is this wisdom of heart? When Solomon asked God for “a listening heart to judge your people and to distinguish between good and evil,” God gave him a “wise and discerning heart” (1 Kings 3:9,12). A wise heart can discern between good and evil, between the voice of God and the noise of the world.

Saint Peter Julian says: “We must ask our Lord for the discernment of the Holy Spirit as opposed to the spirit of darkness. The inspiration of the Holy Spirit brings us to humility, to a humble and gentle confidence, a generous but quiet love. The inspiration of the devil brings us to a totally exterior life; it is accompanied by a false peace, which is sensual because it cannot fill the soul. The feelings of zeal that follow leave behind a certain disorder, an indefinable sorrow in the soul.” (PT 201, 1)

Let us ask God today for a wise and discerning heart.

Let us pray:

Lord, “teach us to number our days aright,” so that remembering what is passing, we may bring our attention to what is eternal and grow in wisdom of heart. Amen.


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About Ivonne Hernandez

Ivonne is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Holiday, Florida.