First Reading for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

Wisdom 9:13-18B

Summary: Understanding God's intentions is beyond human capacity without divine wisdom and the Holy Spirit, as earthly concerns often cloud our judgment.

Divine Guidance Sought

Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the LORD intends?

For the deliberations of mortals are timid, and unsure are our plans.

For the corruptible body burdens the soul and the earthen shelter weighs down the mind that has many concerns.

And scarce do we guess the things on earth, and what is within our grasp we find with difficulty; but when things are in heaven, who can search them out?

Or who ever knew your counsel, except you had given wisdom and sent your holy spirit from on high?

And thus were the paths of those on earth made straight.

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