Saturday, May 25, 2013

“He created for them counsel, and a tongue and eyes and ears, and an inventive heart, and filled them with the discipline of understanding.” (Sirach 17: 6)

Today, the Liturgy brings us quite a bit ahead in the reading of the Book of Sirach, up to Chapter 17.  There it leads us to reflect on creation and the human being’s place in it as willed by God.  It is impressive to read in this passage almost all of the gifts of the Spirit, with the accent placed on ‘knowledge’ and ‘intelligence’.  These gifts become duties in the management of God’s creation that has been entrusted to the wise care of human beings. Different from other creatures, human beings can think!  Every capacity given to us is directed toward thinking:  the power to discern with the mind, to express with the tongue, to be aware through sight and hearing…to be cared for by the heart, the seat of intelligence par excellence!  It is a commandment, but above all, it is the daily occasion to use the sublime gifts placed in each of us.

- Living Scripture