Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop
Romans 11:29-36;Psalm 69:30-31, 33-34, 36; Luke 14:12-14
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! (Romans 11:33)
Irrevocable. Inscrutable. Unsearchable. The words in this passage can flow by mind-numbingly, like a vocabulary lesson from school days gone by. And yet to St. Paul, these words stirred, lifted, filled, and captivated his heart. God’s love, even his very life, is too deep to be measured or fully understood. His ways and actions are beyond our ability to search out entirely. Just as his saving will is irrevocable, so is he himself inscrutable and unsearchable. And yet he wants to share all of this with us, revealing himself to us more and more over time!
In a couple of weeks, we will be leaping into the holiday season. It’s precisely now, before life gets too busy, that we should pause and ponder the greatness of the Lord. It’s the perfect time to consider what God has already done, the gifts he has given us that cannot be withdrawn. It’s the perfect time to reflect on what he is doing right now, inviting everyone into an intimate relationship with himself. And it’s the perfect time to look forward to what he will do in the future, when he comes to reign forever in love.
So before you start getting ready for the holidays, stop! Set aside time to turn to the Lord every day. Ask him to show you more of who he is and what is on his mind. Allow him to give you a glimpse into his wisdom for the world, for your life, for your family, or for his Church. Ask him to teach you about his generosity and goodness. There is so much we can learn. There is so much he wants to teach us!
But don’t stop at merely stopping. God wants to direct your thinking, but he also wants to direct your doing. Perhaps he will give you a different, possibly unexpected focus. Maybe he will put his finger on an area of your life that he wants to heal. Perhaps he will send you to a neighbor who is about to become a new friend, or someone you will be able to evangelize. Let his inscrutable wisdom inspire you today and lead you down new, exciting paths.
“Lord, I want to know you more. Help me to know your ways. Teach me, Lord, and lead me.”~WAU