Daily Homily: Guide Me, Lord, in the Ways of Your Commands

Tuesday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time, Year Two

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Share this Entry

Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13
Psalm 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44
Luke 8:19-21

Today’s first reading is taken from the Second Collection of Solomon’s proverbs (Proverbs 10:1-22:16). Many of these proverbs have to do with the two ways: the way of wisdom and life and the way of foolishness and death.

The righteous listen to the voice of wisdom and lead a life of prayer. They are urged to trust in the Lord and to be diligent in work, humble in spirit, open to correction and committed to truthful and guarded speech (see Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: ProverbsEcclesiastes, and Song of Solomon, Ignatius Press, 14).

The senseless, by contrast, are given to pride, laziness, drunkenness, and all manner of perverse and deceitful speech. They tend to be merciless, contentious, and quick-tempered. They have no qualms about perverting justice and conducting crooked business deals. What is worse, they despise correction from others that would lead them toward wisdom. «The way of folly is ultimately ‘the way of evil’ (2:12), and the one who follows it ‘dies for lack of discipline’ (5:23)» (Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: ProverbsEcclesiastes, and Song of Solomon, Ignatius Press, 14).

In particular, our First Reading sees the foolish as having haughty eyes and proud hearts. The fruit of their work is sin. Those who are wicked desire evil; those who are arrogant will be punished; those who are indifferent to the cry of the poor will not be heard when they cry out in their need.

We are called in the Psalm to reject the way of the foolish and to walk in the law of the Lord. When we meditate on God’s deeds and seek to understand his precepts, we can be led by God along the path of life, the path of his commands. What God desires, more than empty sacrifices, is for us to imitate him and do what is right and just and merciful.

Jesus teaches this this path in the Gospel. He calls us to the obedience of faith, to hear the Word of God and act on it. This is the way true sons and daughters of God act; this is the way the brothers and sisters of Christ act.

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is blessed not only because she was chosen to be the Mother of God, but also because she walked blamelessly in the way of the Lord. She gave her complete yes to God’s Word and considered herself as the handmaid of the Lord. All generations call her blessed and seek to imitate her unconditional acceptance of God’s will.

Readers may contact Fr Jason Mitchell at mitchelljason2011@gmail.com.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Share this Entry

Jason Mitchell

Support ZENIT

If you liked this article, support ZENIT now with a donation