Wednesday of the Third WeekReflection
Today’s readings remind us to embrace our knowledge but also to be careful not to let that knowledge have too much control over us. Moses tells the people that their wisdom will be something to be prideful in, but to not forget how they got there in the first place; with the helping hand of God. “Take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip out of your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your children and to your children’s children.” God wants us to learn from our experiences, both the good and the bad, and use them to shape our lifestyle. He does not want us to dwell on our mistakes, but instead be appreciative of what we’ve been through, and use them as lessons to pass down to future generations.
God has given us our intelligence and the ability to learn for a reason; a piece of His knowledge to help us gain some insight on the world around us. The decisions we make are based on our knowledge at the current moment, and we gain more knowledge as a result of each decision we make. This compilation of new information is used to shape how we react and respond in each new situation we encounter. We learn what works for us and what doesn’t. If you find yourself at a crossroad, just remember that He wouldn’t have given us the opportunity to choose if He didn’t believe we were capable of doing so.
Loving God, help us to find the strength within ourselves to believe in our knowledge the way You believe in us. May we look to You when standing at a crossroad to help guide our everyday choices. Help us to be appreciative of all experiences we have and to find the good in every situation. Amen.
Taylor Williams, ’15
First Reading: Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20
Gospel: Matthew 5:17-19
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website