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Opening Mass for The University of St. Michael’s College

September 2, 2014

KNOWLEDGE AND MEANING

If you were to follow me on Twitter, you would discover that my byline reads, “Great questions are an art form worthy of study.”

I think St. Paul would agree for in our first reading, St. Paul writes to the Corinthians that nothing is beyond scrutiny – even the depths of God, but that we must also be wise enough to know the limits of human knowledge. Time and time again, scripture gives us permission to ask questions of God and ourselves, but when we do, it is done with humility rather than arrogance.

Perhaps there is no better time than now – your years at university – to learn the art of asking questions. Most often we ask questions in hopes of an answer, but these are not the great questions. Answers are great for the ego, but they fail to inspire the soul.

Instead, ask questions about meaning and purpose. Don’t just ask how; ask why; ask about its purpose. This is the type of scrutiny St. Paul writes about.

CLICK HERE for the readings of the Mass (1 Corinthians 2:10-16; Psalm 145, Luke 4:31-37).

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