Dear Believers in the Living Christ,
I usually focus on the gospel in this column. However, the first scripture text, Wisdom 6:12-16 catches my attention first. “Resplendent and unfading is wisdom, and she is readily perceived by those who love her, and found by those who seek her.” Wisdom is key to our earthy seeking of Jesus, to our way of life and our mission of the Church.
Let’s start with wisdom. Wisdom is difficult to come by in our age of technology. Bantering, unedited posts and arguments fill cyberspace and wind up in our inbox every day. Wisdom, both on the individual level and in public discourse, is not easy. Sound bites are not wisdom, no matter on television or on Twitter.
Wisdom is worth our focus in these last days of our Liturgical Year. Wisdom outlines a pattern of life that is from God and toward God. Wisdom cultivates a home within us if we are open to deep reflection, prayerful reading of the scriptures, dialogue even among those with whom we disagree, and discernment about situations and patterns in our life. Wisdom is a friend for the long run. Wisdom is a result of living a rather humble and beautiful life.
Recently, I heard that one of the results of our mobile society is that we now tend to move to cities with more likeminded people. Given technology, so many people can work from any city in the country. One of the negative aspects of such moves is that we are no longer living and working with people who have varying opinions from ours. This leads to living more rigid lives. Wisdom, true wisdom, is more difficult to discover when other people, or even the gospel itself, does not challenge us.
Wisdom is relevant for the long term. We live between Christ’s Resurrection and his Second Coming. This is the real place for wisdom, not just for individual morality, but also for our common discourse of social issues, political discussions and the moral consequences of our actions as a people. Wisdom takes time, courage and a moral life. Wisdom befriends those who believe in something more than themselves.
Today’s second reading, Thessalonians 4:13-18, also captures my attention. This reading is usually proclaimed during the Easter Vigil. This gives us hope in the interim between Jesus’ Resurrection and his return. We shall live with God all the days of our life and we should console one another with this message of compassion and hope. This is wisdom, that death gives way to new life. This is in fact what we base our lives upon; the wisdom of Jesus that his life is our salvation. Anything that disturbs this message within our hearts is not wisdom. We have life and hope to share with people. This is the message of faith that we should be sharing with one another. Wisdom is love manifest within us when we turn first to the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.
Blessings to you wise ones,