February 27, 2019
Remaining a Stranger?
She walks with him as a stranger,
and at first she puts him to the test.
"She" is Wisdom here, personified in the Book of Sirach as a female presence, accompanying, teaching, testing. This particular image is striking to me: Wisdom approaches, but is unrecognized. How true this is, how realistic. It takes time to understand what God wants us to see through our experiences. If I forget that, and let my emotions and limited vision of the moment control my judgment, Wisdom might, indeed, remain a stranger after all.
God of Wisdom, in this quiet moment, I consider my day. Be with me and teach me.
- Amy Welborn
Sirach 4:11-19|Psalm 119:165, 168, 171-172, 174-175|Mark 9:38-40