"It pleased the Lord that Solomon should have asked" for an understanding heart, rather than long life or riches. For with such a great request, God can work miracles. "Turning everything to their good, God cooperates with those who love him." The desire of Solomon is like that of a merchant who risk his livelihood in order to acquire a very fine pearl. Such sacrifices can be made only because of the certainty that this treasure, this pearl of great price, corresponds to the deepest longing of a "discerning" heart: the longing for Christ himself.
1 Kings 3:5,7-12Psalm:
R. Lord, I love your commands.2nd Reading:
Christ's parable that we hear today makes this conjoined point: God in his providence will use even the apparent evil that attends us in life to some perfecting purpose. Out of our littleness, our emptiness, our nothingness, God's greatness will flower in an astonishing way. The parables verify that our God is the God "who cares for everything". God shows his might precisely when his "sovereign power is questioned". It is easy to despair of our weakness and thus give way to it. Yet if we pray with real faith - "the Spirit comes to help us in our weakness."
R. Lord, you are good and forgiving.2nd Reading:
The Lord proclaims: "The word that goes from my mouth does not rerun to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do." The Word is the Son of God. We beg that the Word will return to us again and again so that we can do his will, achieving the end for which God send his Word to us.
R. The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.2nd Reading:
Jesus declares, "Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father." Jesus assures us that what the Father has handed over to him is the ability to console those "who labour and are overburdened". The secrets of heaven are revealed "to mere children", because they are tempted not to rely on themselves. Children remain open to receiving all that God is so eager to give them. They "rejoice heart and soul" at the coming of our meek King.
R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.2nd Reading: