October 10, 2021 - 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!”
Psalm 90: 14
Book of Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24
Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians 8: 7, 9, 13-15
Gospel according to Mark 5: 21-43
by Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer, OSB
Every Sunday morning, I listen to Bishop Robert Barron’s homily on my smart phone. I always gain new insights into the readings from his words. More often than not, he says to his listeners to get out their Bibles and read the Sunday Scriptures, to gain more from the Word of God. This is definitely a good practice for Christians. The Bible is where we clearly learn the Wisdom of Jesus.
In the First Reading today, the author of the Book of Wisdom pleaded and prayed for wisdom. He deemed “riches nothing in comparison with her,…” Are we that fervent about gaining the Wisdom of Jesus from the Word of God, the Scriptures?
In the Second Reading, we find this beautiful passage: “Indeed the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.” Here again, we see the immense value of the Word of God, the Wisdom of God, to form and transform our hearts and souls as we follow Jesus, our way, our truth and our life.
In the life-giving words of today’s Gospel, we find these comforting words of Jesus, “All things are possible for God.” Read the whole Gospel and let it speak to you.
Today and every day, my dear people, let us take out our Bibles and let Jesus speak to us with love and wisdom.
From the Rule of St. Benedict
“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom.” Rule of Benedict Prologue 21
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3