November 13, 2023 –
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
Wisdom 1:1-7 + Luke 17:1-6
Love justice, you who judge the earth; think of the Lord in goodness, and seek him in integrity of heart ….
At weekday Mass during this second-to-last week in Ordinary Time, the Church’s First Reading is taken from the Old Testament Book of Wisdom. Not surprisingly, the Book of Wisdom is part of the Old Testament group of books called the “Wisdom Literature” (the other three groups of Old Testament books being the Pentateuch, the Historical Literature, and the Prophetical Literature). There are seven books that make up the “Wisdom Literature”.
This book is fitting for us to listen to as we draw near to the end of the Church year. Towards the end of the Church year, the Sacred Liturgy draws our attention to the Last Things: Heaven, hell, death and judgment. You and I need wisdom to think rightly about these four last things.
Today’s First Reading consists of the first seven verses of Wisdom. It might surprise some just how “earth-bound” this passage is. It is not “pie in the sky”, meditating abstractly on ideas and theories about God’s wisdom. The passage is very concrete.