We Long for Understanding

Greetings Brothers and Sisters! Today’s readings show us people longing for understanding. More precisely, they are seeking understanding from God.

I found it interesting that God encouraged Solomon, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.” It was like a parent who is so excited to surprise a child with a special gift they can barely contain themselves to reveal. The gift was so amazing it was more than what the child could desire. Solomon asked for an “understanding heart.” The Lord was so impressed with his request that he gave him a bonus gift of wisdom.

Essence of Truth..

As the Church teaches, understanding is the gift of the Holy Spirit that allows us to, in a special way, grasp the essence of truth of faith in God. And wisdom, the first gift of the Holy Spirit, helps us properly order our relationship with the created world. This is why God was happy that Solomon did not ask for riches, a long life, or the power over his enemies.

I believe all the faithful sincerely want to have these gifts. And I hope we hasten with the zeal of the vast crowd to the Lord so He can teach us His many statutes. “My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow Me.”


[Readings: 1 Kgs 3:4-13; Mk 6:30-34]

Tristan Evans

Tristan Evans is a husband, father of a daughter and two sons, past Director of Religious Education, Middle School Youth Minister, and Coordinator of African Ancestry Ministry and Evangelization for the diocese of Raleigh. He is a Master Catechist and currently serves as a Fraternal Insurance Counselor Fellow for the Knights of Columbus. Tristan is also an advocate for catholic entrepreneurship. He resides in Durham, North Carolina. www.bleaf.org

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