6th reading for Easter Vigil
Ps 18 (19):8-11
Learn where there is wisdom, where there is strength, where there is understanding, so that you may at the same time discern where there is length of days, and life, where there is light for the eyes, and peace.
Wisdom is not over-rated.
I was never one of those smart ones in school. I used to do badly in subjects like Math and Economics. But it’s only as I grew up that I found my strength elsewhere. I realised that my passion lies in Literature, and I managed to ace it along with English from ‘A’ levels onwards. I consider myself a late bloomer.
To be honest, I’m still not always very smart about a lot of things. However, I realised that (by the grace of God) I have somehow managed to navigate and sail through life pretty well, despite the lack of some needed knowledge. Take my job for example. When I made a bold career switch from journalism (over 20 years) to marketing communications three years ago, I realised that I never once hesitated nor regretted leaving my comfort zone for the unknown because I gave The Lord total surrender of my life. Basically, I let him be the captain of my ‘ship’, to help steer alongside me. While some people seem to be very good at their jobs with sharp business acumen, I find that while I may not have grasped a great deal of knowledge about marketing, I managed to cruise along nonetheless. Throughout my career, if there’s one thing that I excel in, it’s connecting with people and building lasting friendships.
As the saying goes, the older you get, the wiser you become. There is a difference however, between being clever and possessing wit. The latter speaks of wisdom that can only come from years of experience and an understanding or revelation. The same goes with our spiritual growth. In my earlier encounters with The Lord, I would seek him with the zealousness of a newbie and I would look for great big revelations from him after each retreat. Over the years as my faith started to mature, I no longer look for great big signs from him as I realise that he has been blessing me with the gift of wisdom along with understanding and discernment. Wisdom from the Holy Spirit has, so far, helped me to put my life in perspective, to understand the true meaning of life, that the pursuit of happiness and peace can only come from Him. I will leave you this prayer which, I find, helps to nurture my spirit.
Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit – Saint Alphonsus Liguori
I adore You as my true God, with God the Father and God the Son.
I adore You and unite myself to the adoration You receive from the angels and saints.
I give You my heart and I offer my ardent thanksgivings for all the grace which You never cease to bestow on me.
O Giver of all supernatural gifts who filled the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with such immense favours, I beg You to visit me with Your grace and Your love and to grant me the gift of holy fear, so that it may act on me as a check to prevent me from falling back into my past sins, for which I beg pardon.
Grant me the gift of piety, so that I may serve You for the future with increased fervour, follow with more promptness Your Holy inspirations, and observe Your divine precepts with greater fidelity.
Grant me the gift of knowledge, so that I may know the things of God and, enlightened by your holy teaching, may walk, without deviation, in the path of eternal salvation.
Grant me the gift of fortitude, so that I may overcome courageously all the assaults of the devil, and all the danger of this world which threaten the salvation of my soul.
Grant me the gift of counsel, so that I may choose what is more conducive to my spiritual advancement and may discover the wiles and snares of the tempter.
Grant me the gift of understanding, so that I may apprehend the divine mysteries and by contemplation of heavenly things, detach my thoughts and affections from the vain things of this miserable world.
Grant me the gift of wisdom, so that I may rightly direct all my actions, referring them to God as my last end; so that, having loved Him and served Him in this life, I may have the happiness of possessing Him eternally in the next.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Cynthia Chew)
Prayer: Dear Abba Father, grant me the gift of knowledge so that I may know the things of God and, enlightened by your holy teaching, may walk, without deviation, in the path of eternal salvation.
Thanksgiving: Thank you Lord Jesus, for always watching over us and seeing to our needs.