Scripture for meditation: Deuteronomy 6:4-9
“ Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
St. Ambrose teaches us: We must always meditate on God’s wisdom, keeping it in our hearts and on our lips. Your tongue must speak justice; the law of God must be in your heart. Hence Scripture tells you: You shall speak of these commandments when you sit in your house, and when you walk along the way, and when you lie down, and when you get up. Let us then speak of the Lord Jesus, for he is wisdom, he is the word, the Word indeed of God. It is also written: Open your lips, and let God’s word be heard. God’s word is uttered by those who repeat Christ’s teaching and meditate on his sayings. Let us always speak this word. When we speak about wisdom, we are speaking of Christ. When we speak about virtue, we are speaking of Christ. When we speak about justice, we are speaking of Christ. When we speak about peace, we are speaking of Christ. When we speak about truth and life and redemption, we are speaking of Christ. Open your lips, says Scripture, and let God’s word be heard. It is for you to open, it is for him to be heard. So David said: I shall hear what the Lord says in me. The very Son of God says: Open your lips, and I will fill them. Not all can attain to the perfection of wisdom as Solomon or Daniel did, but the spirit of wisdom is poured out on all according to their capacity, that is, on all the faithful. If you believe, you have the spirit of wisdom. (From the Explanations of the Psalms by St. Ambrose, bishop)
Prayer: St. Ambrose PrayerTeach me, O Lord, to search for you. Show yourself to me when I search for you. If you do not teach me first, I cannot seek you. If you do not reveal yourself to me, I cannot find you. In longing may I search for you, and in searching, long for you. In love may I find you, and in finding you, love you.
My thoughts: Today we see a lot of people walking down the street talking to no one. Well, it looks as though they are talking to no one. In truth, they are on the phone. Imagine our lives if we were “on the phone” with Christ as we walked down the street, sat on the bus, relaxed on a park bench or reclined in a home rocker. Imagine the peace and wisdom that would fill our lives if we gave our troubles over to God and listened to His response. We would be so filled with the word of God that everything that came out of our mouths would be pure, holy and wise, good and uplifting to those around us. Sound too good to be true? St. Ambrose tells us it is very possible. Whenever we speak of wisdom or truth or justice or peace we are speaking about Christ. These are everyday topics. Let us approach them from the perspective of bringing Christ into our conversations. Then let us strive to spend every moment in the presence of Christ. Remember, “If you believe, you have the spirit of wisdom.” Do you believe?