23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time C: 1st Reading

Wisdom 9:13-18b

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.