May 22, 2013
Sirach 4: 11-19
Wisdom exalts her sons and gives help to those who seek her. Whoever loves her loves life, and those who seek her early will be filled with joy. Whoever holds her fast will obtain glory, and the Lord will bless the place she enters. Those who serve her will minister to the Holy One; the Lord loves those who love her. He who obeys her will judge the nations, and whoever gives heed to her will dwell secure. If he has faith in her he will obtain her; and his descendants will remain in possession of her. For at first she will walk with him on tortuous paths, she will bring fear and cowardice upon him, and will torment him by her discipline until she trusts him, and she will test him with her ordinances. Then she will come straight back to him and gladden him, and will reveal her secrets to him. If he goes astray she will forsake him, and hand him over to his ruin.
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In this week after Pentecost, it is fitting we hear about the rewards of wisdom in the first reading from the Book of Sirach. Wisdom is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. From childhood we are taught to pray for the “Wisdom of the Holy Spirit.”
Two short prayers which for me capture the gift of the Holy Spirit are:
Holy Spirit, you are here with me today, at this very moment. Hold me, confirm me, comfort me and lead me in your ways. Allow me to see and to hear and to think with your wisdom. Allow me to speak and to act with your love. Help me to respond to the call of Jesus to complete his work in the world today.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. Enkindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and we shall be created, and you will renew the face of the earth.
—David McNulty, Provincial Assistant for Advancement, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits
Lord, we ask your Spirit to be with us at this very moment. Lead us in your ways. Help us to see and to hear and to think with your wisdom. Give us a heart to speak and act with your love. And wherever we can be your servant, grant us the grace not to miss the opportunity. And through the wisdom of the Spirit may our decisions be bold, just, and true.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
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