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Sts. Marcellinus & Peter

Sirach 51:12-20
Psalm 19
Mark 11:27-33

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the woman of my dreams

"I burned with desire for her." —Sirach 51:19

It sounds like a preview for a modern movie: "She came to me in her beauty...I became resolutely devoted to her...I burned with desire for her...I became preoccupied with her...I came to know her secrets" (Sir 51:14, 18, 19). Who is this desirable woman of the author's dreams? She is Lady Wisdom (Sir 51:13).

Listen to the author's testimony concerning Lady Wisdom:

  • Wisdom is innocent. "When I was young and innocent, I sought wisdom" (Sir 51:13). "Wisdom from above...is first of all innocent" (Jas 3:17).
  • Wisdom is also pure. "For her I purified my hands; in cleanness I attained to her" (Sir 51:20).
  • Wisdom is available. "She is close to those who seek her, and the one who is in earnest finds her" (Sir 51:26).
  • Wisdom is profitable. "In the short time I paid heed, I met with great instruction...See for yourselves! I have labored only a little, but have found much" (Sir 51:16, 27).
  • Wisdom is for life. "At first acquaintance with her, I gained understanding such that I will never forsake her...I have made her my prize possession" (Sir 51:20, 21).

The Lord gives nothing to those who put expedience ahead of wisdom (Mk 11:33). He gives much to those who burn with desire for wisdom (see Sir 51:19; 1 Kgs 3:9ff). "Get wisdom" (Prv 4:5).

Prayer:  Jesus, Wisdom (1 Cor 1:30), I ask You in faith to give me wisdom as You have promised in Your word (Jas 1:5).

Promise:  "The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul." —Ps 19:8

Praise:  Sts. Marcellinus & Peter converted their fellow prisoners, their jailer, and his family.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 22, 2007

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