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Wednesday of the Twenty Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Proverbs 30:5-9
Psalm 15:119:29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163
Luke 9:1-6
In our first reading from the Book of Proverbs, we encounter the call to
trust in the Lord for all things, that we not stray in the path and lose sight
of who the Lord truly is. Then, in today˅s Gospel, Jesus asks his disciples
the seminal question
ˈWho do you say I am.ˉ
Today is the Feast of Saints Cosimo and Damian. If one wanders the area
near the Forum in Rome, there is a very ancient church dedicated to these
twin martyrsˁphysicians by trade. Over the altar is a beautiful mosaic de-
picting the brothers on either side of Peter and Paul, flanking the central
focus--Christ the Redeemer. In the middle of this past century, Thomas
Merton, in his famous autobiography the
Seven Story Mountain
, describes
his own conversion as he wandered the streets of Rome. In this ancient
church, and others he visited, he saw the powerful iconic images of the
Saints trans-
formed by the
Risen Christ.
Confronted by
this powerful
Merton began
his own jour-
ney to a new
life in Christˎa
life which has
inspired others
on the journey.