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Saturday, August 31, 2013

wisdom-2[1]Proverbs 1

The Value of Wisdom

In the first chapter of Proverbs we find many references to knowledge as the source of wisdom and of how fools turn away from knowledge.  The last verses even describe God as one who mocks the foolish. In truth we know that we mock ourselves, we mock our creation as a Child of God, we mock the very image of God when we turn away from knowledge and understanding.

For as Isaiah reminds us (55:11), God’s word does not return empty.  My word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will.  Jesus shows us this in his every act and word.

I am thinking about the hope that we hold and enact each time we step into our work day, each time we discipline ourselves, each time we enact the word we hear each morning on our rising from our creator.

In Proverbs 1 we see: words of intelligence, just and honest, knowledge and discretion, hearing and learning, wisdom and instruction . . . this is God’s Word to us.

In Proverbs 1:13 and 15 . . . All kinds of precious wealth shall we gain, we shall fill our houses with booty . . . My child, walk not in the way with them . . .

In verses 20 to 33 Wisdom warns us of the danger of rejecting her works.  As we read these words we are reminded of the Gospels where we see Jesus, God’s Wisdom, rejected so many times because he did not conform to the culture of the corrupt hierarchy, because he called the comfortable to make room for the poor, because he turned the contemporary society on its head.  He still turns us on our own heads today.  Each time we feel uncomfortable we know that we are called to take a look at ourselves . . . to listen to Wisdom . . . to live patiently and hopefully . . . to follow the Way Christ shows us.  We are called to be Christ to others.  We are called to express God’s Word to others to the best of our potential.  We are called to share and enact the hope God has planted  in us.

And so we pray . . .

Dearest Lord, when you send us your wisdom . . . also send us your infinite patience for we humans are impatient.  When you extend your hand, we wish to take it . . . make your hand visible to us for we humans have eyes but we do not see.  When you call to us . . . make our hearts open to your voice for we humans have ears but do not hear.  When you send us Your Holy Spirit . . . also send the courage and fortitude that we will need to enact your Word
each day.  For we humans love you dearly and wish to do your will.  We wish to send your Word back to you . . . rather than allow it to return to you empty. We ask all of this in Jesus’ name.  Amen. 

Adapted from a reflection written on November 29, 2007.

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