St. Christopher the Martyr Catholic Church
309  Manson Avenue, Metairie, Louisiana 70001
Phone:  504-837-8214
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“Watch carefully how you live,
not as foolish persons but as wise. . .”
Ephesians 5:15-20
Focus on the Gospel
August 19, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
       Wisdom requires some knowledge.  But knowledge, even great knowledge, does not always
lead to wisdom.  Garrison Keiller observed:  “True wisdom does not always come with age.  
Sometimes age comes alone.”  True wisdom is accepting that all we have, all we are, and all we ever
will be comes from God, belongs to God, and is given to us by God to be used for our own benefit
and enjoyment and for the benefit and enjoyment of others.  When we use God’s gifts to us only for
our own benefit and enjoyment, that can lead to selfcenteredness and greed.  Jesus said, “Unless you
eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life within you.”  He was
challenging His disciples, and us, to believe in Him, to imitate Him, and to use all of God’s gifts for
ourselves and for others.  God gave us free will so we could freely choose to do His will, for
ourselves and for others.  That is true wisdom!  As age creeps up on us, hopefully wisdom will keep
pace.  If we truly seek to know Jesus, wisdom may even come faster than age.
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