6th Sunday Year A

1st Reading – Sirach 15:15-20

Sirach, a teacher of Wisdom in Jerusalem during the early decades of the 2nd century before Christ, just prior to the Maccabean wars, in order to prevent the Chosen People from succumbing to Hellenistic and pagan influences, eulogizes about the great heroes of Israel (from Noah to Simon the High Priest) and shows the practicality of Jewish teachings.

Today’s reading comes from the section of Sirach’s writing on man’s free will and responsibility.

2nd Reading – 1 Corinthians 2:6-10

St. Paul continues to contrast:

  • The worldly wisdom of philosophers: Commonly understood among his Greek audience
  • The secret wisdom of God: Paul presents Christianity as a kind of philosophy, which “is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish” (v.7). The hidden wisdom of Christianity is really “the mystery of the glorification that’s going to take place at the resurrection of the dead and in the New Creation” (Brant Pitre). The secret message of the Gospel is that Jesus Christ is the Lord of glory who has come down into this world and ushered in the beginning of a new Heavens and a new Earth which began with His Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Speaking to the spiritually mature (v.6), St. Paul says: “These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit” (v.9).

“As it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him.”

St. Paul combines two verses from Isaiah, 64:4 and 65:17, a common thing to do when quoting Scripture in 1st century Judaism because they saw the Bible to have a supernatural unity to this humanly diverse set of books. Paul, in addition, hopes that you go back to these two sections in Isaiah and see on a deeper level that he’s evoking the whole context which speaks about a new Heavens and a new Earth.

 

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2017 thoughts: Homily on emotional inventory –> Jesus wants to heal you from the inside out. 2nd reading provides the inspiration to get into the emotional inventory. Gospel shows how Jesus wants to heal us, not just fix our external problems…

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