Thursday November 16, 2023

Good News Reflections:
Making scripture meaningful to your daily life
by Terry Modica

“When our relationship with the Holy Spirit is active and healthy and growing, we share in God’s holiness.”

Good News Reflection for:

Thursday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial of Saint Gertrude, virgin
November 16, 2023

Today’s Prayer:

My Lord, give me the grace of being alert to Your presence and to believe in it at all times, everywhere and every day of my life. Amen.

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Today’s Readings:

Wisdom 7:22b–8:1
Ps 119:89-91,130,135,175
Luke 17:20-25
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:

The spirit that’s guided by Wisdom

[ Listen to the podcast of this reflection ]

In the Old Testament, “Wisdom” is a name for the Holy Spirit. Today’s reading, from the Book of Wisdom, lists the qualities of a soul that’s guided by wisdom, i.e., guided by the Holy Spirit of God.

Find this scripture in your bible and bookmark the page. This is a good checklist to use while waiting in line for Confession or facing a difficult decision. Or when you feel insecure or inadequate, use this list to discover who you really are, according to God and how he designed you to be. Are you uncertain about the Lord’s calling for a vocation or career path? Use this list to examine how well you’re using the gifts that he has given you.

And by the way, if you need assurance that God is not just a “he” but has a feminine side, notice that Wisdom is called a “she”. How very wise to view wisdom this way! Women are usually more intuitive than men (female brains are designed that way; we have more neural connections between the brain’s two hemispheres).

What makes wisdom different from knowledge? Wisdom is the divine intuition that understands the right use of the facts that knowledge has provided. But let’s get back to the main point.

Read the description of the Spirit of Wisdom — slowly. Because we are made in the image of God, this scripture is describing you and me when we let the Holy Spirit work through us … (Pause now to actually read it.) …

Now read it again to see what you’re really like! Look at the gifts of the Holy Spirit that you have access to. You received this Spirit of Wisdom during your baptism. Do not underestimate the wisdom that dwells within you!

We don’t fully experience this wise nature of ours because sin closes us off to it. When our relationship with the Holy Spirit is active and healthy and growing, we share in God’s holiness. We have a spirit that is:

  1. intelligent (so, ignore the people who have called you “stupid”)
  2. holy (you are part of the Body of Christ)
  3. unique (there is no one else who can do what you can do, the way you can do it)
  4. manifold (you are multi-talented)
  5. unhampered (nothing can stop you when you’re doing God’s will)
  6. secure (you safely reside in God’s love and faithfulness)
  7. tranquil (you can have peace no matter what else is going on)
  8. all-powerful, all-seeing (God can help you deal with anything)
  9. pervading all spirits (greater is this Spirit in you than all evil spirits combined)
  10. (meditate on the rest of the list)

What on this list do you need more of from the Holy Spirit right now? Well, you already have it! Do something that activates it. Be who you really are.

For more help on this topic, watch our video, “Be filled with Joy by hearing the Holy Spirit” @

© 2023 by Terry A. Modica

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