Can someone please tell me how it got to be March 1???? How many of us remember summer vacation being soooooooooo loooooooong, and our moms saying, “The older you get, the faster time goes by”? I must be ancient! HA!
Speaking of ancient, we’ve been reading some of the most beautiful ancient wisdom literature for the last 2 weeks in our daily Old Testament readings. The sagacity of Sirach lays out a pathway to holiness with simple, timeless advice. If you haven’t spent much time there, I encourage to do so.
For your reflection and meditation, I’d like to share with you some of the wisdom of Sirach from the last two weeks. Set apart some time today and see what the Lord wants to say to you.
All wisdom comes from the Lord and with him it remains forever. (1:1)
Wisdom instructs her children and admonishes those who seek her.
He who loves her loves life; those who seek her out win her favor.
He who holds her fast inherits glory; wherever he dwells, the LORD bestows blessings.
Those who serve her serve the Holy One; those who love her the LORD loves. (4:11-14)
If one trusts her, he will possess her; his descendants too will inherit her. (4:16)
Rely not on your wealth; say not: “I have the power.”
Rely not on your strength in following the desires of your heart. (5:1-2)
Delay not your conversion to the LORD, put it not off from day to day; (5:8)
A kind mouth multiplies friends, and gracious lips prompt friendly greetings. (6:5)
Let your acquaintances be many, but one in a thousand your confidant. (6:6)
When you gain a friend, first test him, and be not too ready to trust him
For one sort of friend is a friend when it suits him, but he will not be with you in time of distress.
Another is a friend who becomes an enemy, and tells of the quarrel to your shame.
Another is a friend, a boon companion, who will not be with you when sorrow comes.
When things go well, he is your other self, and lords it over your servants;
But if you are brought low, he turns against you and avoids meeting you.
Keep away from your enemies; be on your guard with your friends.
A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure.
A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth.
A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he who fears God finds;
For he who fears God behaves accordingly, and his friend will be like himself. (6:7-17)
Return to the LORD and give up sin, pray to him and make your offenses few. (17:20)
How great the mercy of the LORD, his forgiveness of those who return to him! (17:24)
To keep the law is a great oblation, and he who observes the commandments sacrifices a peace offering. (Sir 35:1)
In works of charity one offers fine flour, and when he gives alms he presents his sacrifice of praise. (Sir 35:2)
To refrain from evil pleases the Lord, and to avoid injustice is an atonement. (Sir 35:3)
The just one’s sacrifice is most pleasing, nor will it ever be forgotten. (Sir 35:6)
With each contribution show a cheerful countenance and pay your tithes in a spirit of joy.
Give to the Most High as he has give to you, generously, according to your means. (Sir 35:8-9)
For the Lord is one who always repays, and he will give back to you sevenfold. (Sir 35:10)
Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, pray for us! Anne