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November 12 - Wisdom 13: 1-9

Fr. Michael MachacekNativity of Our LordNovember 12, 2021
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today's other readings are Psalm 19 and Lk. 17: 26-27

This particular reading makes me smile in complete agreement and say "AMEN"!!

The Book of Wisdom, scripture scholars agree, was written about 50 years before the birth of Jesus.  It was written in Greek, by a Jewish person living in Alexandria, Egypt.  The focus of the book is on wisdom itself, from the perspective of its relationship to God and to humanity. 

In our reading today, the author expresses his great disbelief as to how anyone can savour the glory of creation without being able to see the author of its creation, God.  At the beginning of today's passage, the author refers to such people as being "foolish by nature" - a very polite phrasing when compared to another English Biblical translation which refers to such people are "naturally stupid".

I say "amen" to this passage for I too, just like the author of the Book of Wisdom, struggle to understand how anyone cannot see the hand of God in the natural world, particularly in a sunset or a lovely natural setting. 

4 years ago I had the privilege of going to Scotland on a golf trip with a dear parishioner.  One day while playing the legendary Royal Dornoch golf course on the shores of the North Sea, with its glorious dunes, rolling hills, sea and sunshine, I turned to him and said, " How could anybody be here and not find God in such beauty?"  To which he smiled and said, "Amen!"