22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time — Having it all figured out, yeah right!


Isn’t that the truth: sometimes we think we have all the answers.  It’s true. Sometimes we think we have the mysteries of life all figured out. But then again, who are we fooling?  There are times in life when we feel like we can just go it alone… That we are truly in charge.  And then, life throws us a curveball and we realize that we know absolutely nothing!  It’s that curveball that helps us to understand that we truly are not Master and Lord of life!  In the first reading that we here this weekend from the book of Sirach we are reminded that we need to seek God’s help at all times.  “What is too sublime for you, seek not, into things beyond your strength search not.  The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs, and an attentive ear is the joy of the wise.”  (Sir 3:20-21). Don’t get me wrong, there are sometimes when we can make decisions that are morally correct because we allow the presence of God and our faith to give us direction. There are however, other times when we totally miss the mark!  The times when we ignore the presence of God and we think we can go it alone.  The writer of Sirach is reminding us that it’s only the wise and the learned who follow the ways of the Lord are truly knowledgeable and understand and have the humility to turn to God when times are tough. As a community of faith, we could all use a dose of that humility, the humility that Pope Francis has been teaching and preaching during the last 4+ months of his new pontificate.  He’s bringing us back to the basics… Jesus!  Let us therefore be attentive to the Word!