Scripture: 1st Reading: Wis7,22-8,1; Resp. Psalm: Ps119,89-91,130,135,175; Gosp. Accl.: Jn15,5; Gospel: Lk17,20-25
The kingdom will come unannounced, stealthily and without any fanfare. It will not come with signs and manifestations and potents. This is because in the words of our Lord today, the kingdom is in our midst.
The kingdom is in our midst because of the presence of Christ Jesus, the bridegroom in whom our souls delight. He is the One given the responsibility to lead us to heaven. This is why He cautions us today against deceivers who would pretend to know the way and show it to others.
The caution of our Lord to us today is that we must never follow them. This is because we already have a Teacher and Guide whose responsibility it is to show us the way to the kingdom. Our Lord used the metaphor of lightening flashes and light to describe His indispensable role in the collective destiny of our race. He would bring this role to perfection after His suffering and rejection.
To enter into this mystery of the role of our living Lord and understand it, we need wisdom whose attributes are enumerated in today's First Reading. Among its essential attributes are purity, holiness, breath of the power of God, a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, an image of His goodness.
This wisdom that can do all things, is one that renews all things, makes us friends of God, is more beautiful than the sun, more superior to light, and orders all things well. When we possess this wisdom, we are able to understand the signs of the presence of the kingdom in our midst and act decisively to appropriate it. May God grant us this wisdom. May it lead us to the kingdom.
Let us pray: God our heavenly Father, you are eternal Wisdom. We thank you for sending your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to be our Guide to your kingdom. Give us your grace to follow where He leads us so that with the wisdom you empower us with, we will be able to make the right choices for the kingdom and the salvation of our souls and those of others. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.