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February 27, 2019: Wednesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time [I]

Reading Sirach 4:11-19
Gospel Mark 9:38-40

Fear and dread she brings upon him and tries him with her discipline….

Today’s First Reading returns to a meditation on wisdom. This passage does not so much define wisdom as it describes the relationship that the believer has with her (that is, wisdom).

The first sentence of this passage describes wisdom in maternal terms. Following verses suggest an intimate relationship between wisdom and the Lord, as those “who serve [wisdom] serve the Holy One; those who love her the Lord loves.”

Yet despite all this intimacy, the relationship between the believer and wisdom is bound to bear difficulties. Wisdom does not promise an easy life to the one who follows her. Wisdom “tries [the believer] with her discipline, a phrase reminiscent of Hebrews 12:7: “Endure your trials as ‘discipline’; God treats you as sons. For what ‘son’ is there whom his father does not discipline?”

It is wise to accept discipline that comes from a just one. Give thanks for such discipline and take it to heart and prayer.