21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

“You think that you are such a know-it-all!”  These kind (not) words were recently uttered by my nephew to my niece during one of their common spats.  What was the subject matter making my niece such a know-it-all?  I have absolutely no idea nor do I care!  Suffice it to say, their constant bickering is a source of contention but fortunately it is usually remedied by a reminder that they both need to knock it off!

I thought of that when I read the Second Reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans.  The reading is so brief I will reprint it here:

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!  How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways!  For who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been his counselor?  Or who has given the Lord anything that he may be repaid?  For from him and through him and for him are all things.

To him be glory forever. Amen.  (Rom 11:33-36)

The only one who knows everything is God.  None of us is a know-it-all but we rely upon God’s wisdom to inform and guide us in the ways that make us good disciples.  Of course, that is not always easy, we all know that.  Sometimes it is easier to simply go along with the crowd and when that happens, we sometimes end up making poor decisions.  Perhaps we can each take some time this coming week to reflect upon these brief words of Saint Paul.  They are wise and can guide us in the ways which lead us closer to union with Christ.

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