If you, O Lord, should mark our iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But with you is found forgiveness, O God of Israel.
[Entrance Antiphon (Psalm 129:3-4)]
Today’s readings demonstrate that there is no greater value than having a share in the life of God. In the First Reading, Solomon is revealed as one who puts wisdom above all else. He knows his prosperity comes from placing wisdom first.
We see another wealthy and good man in today’s Gospel, who approaches Jesus seeking the prize of eternal life. Jesus offers him a share in the riches of his life, now, as well as eternal life, but at the cost of his earthly securities.
A single sentence from the Second Reading paints a powerful picture: God’s Word is alive and active, challenging and consoling, provoking and enlightening. It gets to the heart of things, inviting us to discern what endures and calling us to get rid of what does not.
Finally, the Psalm reminds us that life, with all its joys and sorrows, is all too brief, but that wisdom brings the deep conviction that, whatever faces us, we are loved by God – this is all that matters.