Follow the Wise, Not the Learned
Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14
I will make a visit to our Lord in the Eucharist and ask for the gift of wisdom
by . | Source: Catholic.net Introductory Prayer:
Lord, give me knowledge of your ways so that
I can love the path you have drawn out for me and have hope in every step along its way. I humble
myself before you, because you continually show me that your ways are not our ways. I thank you, for
this is where I find true happiness.
Petition: Lord Jesus, teach me your ways.
1. Tradition and Traditions: Christ is telling us about the
essentials. The Pharisees had amassed a great number of traditions. Many of these were made in good
faith and helped man progress in virtue, but they missed the mark. They replaced a loving
relationship with rituals. Let us get back to what is essential in our life with Christ. Do I give
more importance to my customs and likes, rather than to what Christ asks of me through his Church?
Am I missing the mark by putting more focus on the means to the end, rather than on the end itself –
2. The Interior Man: What comes out of a man’s mouth shows who he
is; it shows what he values in his heart. Either we will hear words that are permeated with God’s
love, or we will hear all types of vile and foul speech. We will see if a man is self-centered or
centered on the needs of others. We will understand who sees himself as an instrument of God and who
uses God as an instrument to his success. What is inside of man always comes out in his
3. True Leadership:
Man is to follow the wisdom of God. A person filled with wisdom knows how best to help
another person attain his goal: unity with Christ. There are many types of plants (people) out
there; we must follow those which have been sown with the wisdom of God. We need help discerning
which plants come from our Lord. We can recognize them by their fruits, but still we may need a
spiritual director to help us discern the movements of our own soul, so that we don’t fall in the
blind man’s pit.
with Christ: Lord Jesus, we live in a confusing world where people call the bad, “good” and
the good, “bad”. Help me to discern so that I will always have your peace in my
Resolution: I will
make a visit to our Lord in the Eucharist and ask for the gift of wisdom.