"Be my protector, O God, a mighty stronghold to save me." (Ps. 31:3)
However, in the first reading, we find the antidote to our selfish ways. Here, in The Wisdom of Sirach, an Old Testament writing, we meet an instructional guide, an observer of life who served as a guide to the Jews. Sirach put a light on God’s wisdom for humanity to follow; he said: “If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will serve you; if you trust in God you shall live.” (Sir.15:15) Our greatest contribution to goodness in the world is to develop a deep relationship with God and to integrate Holy Wisdom into our lives. Indeed, we are summoned to try and to conform our life to Jesus’ example, so we become a reflection of the Divine goodness. In this present day, we can turn to the 21st-century wisdom figure, Pope Francis. He leads us with his actions and his words: “Being a Christian isn’t just following the commandments, but means being in Christ, thinking like him, loving him: it means letting him take possession of our lives and change them, transform them, free them from the darkness of evil and sin.
Sister Shirley Jeffcott, OP