September 8, 2019

Who can know God’s counsel or who can conceive what the Lord intends?…except you had given Wisdom and sent your Holy Spirit from on high? (Wis 9:13-17)

The unknown author of the book of Wisdom places this prayer on the lips of king Solomon to emphasize, all the more forcefully, the need we all have to pray for God’s spirit of Wisdom to help us make good, loving and just decisions in our everyday lives. Sometimes we forget that God hovers and oversees each of our lives and that our individual names are carved on the palms of his hands (Is:49).

Our lives take many twists and turns over time; changing circumstances often make us wonder whether and how God is watching over us. Surely the thousands of migrants seeking safety and a better future in a foreign country, and the untold number of people being trafficked as slaves for unscrupulous profiteers must question whether God has a plan for their lives and does it contain hope for eventual happiness?

Paul’s short letter to his converted Christian friend and slave owner Philemon provides a partial answer. Paul, a prisoner himself in Rome, is pleading for the safe future of the runaway slave Onesimus, whom he recently baptized. He encourages Philemon to take him back no longer as a slave but as a brother in Christ. Thus, Paul helps initiate the current teaching of the church against human trafficking and emphasizes the value of every human life which God holds in his loving hands.

To remain a genuine disciple of Christ, as the gospel suggests, often means simply accepting the twists and turns in our lives, which we cannot always control. These constitute the cross of Christ each of us is challenged to carry daily.

Do I entrust my life to God every day?

Let Us Pray:

Lord, fill us at daybreak with your kindness
that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
And may the gracious care of the Lord our God
prosper the work of our hands for us. (Ps 90)


Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)


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