The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis, Book III Chapter XXXI: “Of disregarding all Creatures, that we may find the Creator” (first entry)
This chapter urges the reader to focus on God above all things. The key is detachment from created things, even very learned works, when they distract us, or worse, lead us away from, Truth Himself.
|Today’s second reading: 2 Pt 1:16-19
We hear from Peter because he recalls to his readers the Transfiguration he personally witnessed on this its feast day. The vicar of Christ declares that he is not conveying some clever story but rather what he witnessed on the mountain one day: the honor, glory, and majesty bestowed on Jesus by God the Father. He wants to share the message of the Father with us: “This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” He omits the last three words that Matthew records, “listen to him.” The prophetic message Peter and the apostles convey comes from their Master and the Holy Spirit and so all should listen and be enlightened.
Learning is wonderful. We should not stop learning until we are no longer able to take in information. But, we must realize that the pinnacle of learning is the Bible. It is the ultimate preparation for eternal life. How can we “listen to him,” or even know Him, if we do not read about Him in His inspired word. So, while we may well need to keep up with resources regarding our chosen profession or avocation, we must not neglect the Word of God, “the prophetic message that is altogether reliable” and “that learning which comes from above.” Now, here, I would strongly recommend a Catholic Bible with solid, orthodox commentary (the notes from learned persons who are in conversation with God). But, before even getting to the commentary, just meditate on the passage you have chosen (“be attentive to it”). Then enhance this time of contemplation with (other) deep insights from the commentator and Father, Doctors, and great figures of the Church. Find recommendations and resources here.
Our Lord, the Word of Truth, wants to be our “lamp shining in a dark place.”