It is 3rd February 2018. We celebrate the memorial of St Blaise, Bishop & Martyr; St. Ansgar, Bishop. The readings are from 1 Kings 3:4-13; and the Gospel from Mark 6:30-34. It is good to ask for the gift of discernment. It is the way we look at the things in our lives is the way we ask in prayer. Do we ask the right thing for our life always? Most of us asks the Lord for material things and we obtain from God in God’s time. Very seldom do we ask for the wisdom to guide our ways and to lead others to God. Wisdom is nothing but a deep devotion submitting oneself to the entire will of God. Wisdom offers us the courage to be fit for any responsibility we need to take on in our lives. Wealth and political power never offers wisdom. Nothing in this world such as success, fame, power, wealth and riches offer us wisdom. It is our humble submission in humility seeking the will of God in every moment of our lives. It is consistent and profound lasting for life. In the first reading, Solomon’s unhesitating request to have wisdom more than anything else. It is indeed the precedent for all of us to ask the most essential thing of our lives that pleases God is wisdom. Wisdom is the willingness to sit near the Lord and learn. Wisdom offers the listening heart with the reverential fear. Wisdom leads us to meet God in everything that unfolds in our lives. Let us consider asking for discerning spirit and wisdom from the Lord. The responsorial Psalm intercedes, “Lord, teach me your statutes.” (Ps.118:12). In the Gospel, Jesus invited His apostles to come closer to Him by themselves to learn and discern from Jesus, the Wisdom of the Father. We are all busy one way or the other. there is a high possibility, we tend to forget the moments to be with God in our hectic living. We must make effort daily to come by ourselves to discern and to be at peace with God. “You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while.” (Mk.6:31). Let us learn to report back to Jesus all that we are and all that we have done daily. We need a quiet place and time to present our experiences with Jesus daily. We must not run to Jesus when we are faced with the risks and challenges only. Being with Jesus is the recharge we all required to live a peaceful and fruitful lives. In the quiet moments of our time with Jesus, we need to learn from Him the way forward. May we all be blessed and guided by the Wisdom of the Father. May you have a good day.