Ecclesiasticus 51:12-20 Reflection
In today's first reading we come to the end of the Book of Ecclesiasticus. The author gives thanks to God for having allowed him to pursue wisdom all his life and for allowing him to find it.
Wisdom is the seeing of God in everything. John of the Cross says "find Jesus in everything."
Our tendency is to find Jesus in what is good and nice today and to find anger and frustration in what is unpleasant.
At the end of his life, the author of Ecclesiasticus is confident in the Lord's mercy; 'I have earnestly pursued what is good, I will not be put to shame.'
He relates how he would pray for her outside the sanctuary, constantly seeking where God is in everything. Such a habit over the years leads a person to automatically see the hand of God in what is going on around them.
For such a person, the genuine seeker of God and wisdom, the world is seen in a different manner from those who do not. They see the world from a standpoint what is happening now and nothing is related to anything else.
For the Christian, the world is a succession of events connected to God's revelation in the world. There is some difference in these world views.
Having learned to find God in everything, the author finds God even in death itself. For the atheist, death is the end, the end of a meaningless life.
What a difference!!