The first reading and the Gospel speak of wisdom.
The Gospel reminds us not to put things off that need doing.
Before his conversion St Augustin use to pray, ‘Lord make me chaste but not just yet.’
How many times I hear of families who have had disagreements over a will or some other matter and then do not speak to each other for years.
So many, when dealing with an addiction such as excessive drinking, gambling, pornography, smoking, drugs etc, and they know that they need to do something about it and then do not actually act.
A couple are having problems in their marriage and put off getting help
A person is engaging in behaviour that is contrary to our beliefs and faith. They can go into denial or rationalisation of their behaviour, or simply just do not reflect on what they are doing.
In the parable in the Gospel Jesus tells us to ‘Stay awake, because you do not know either the day or the hour.’
God’s mercy and love is infinite. No sin is so great that God does not forgive.
However, we must not abuse this mercy and love of God.
Jesus calls us to be fully alive, to be freed from sin.
There comes a time when we need to make decisions.
Putting things off can harden our heart.
‘If today you hear God’s voice harden not your heart.’
We must not take God for granted. When we do not make good choices, we are in fact making bad choices.
We can sin by committing and by omitting.
The first reading reminds us that ‘wisdom comes looking for us and graciously shows herself to us as we go, in every thought of ours coming to meet us.’
To stop and reflect is to give God and God’s wisdom a chance to call us to live life fully. I have a choice to be foolish and put things off or to act!
To be born again by the grace of God!