Her name is Wisdom …

” Watch for her and you will have no trouble,
you will find her sitting at your gates.
Event to think about her is understanding fully grown,
be on the alert for her and anxiety  will quickly leave you.
She herslef walks about looking for those who are worthy of her
and graciously shows herself to them as they go.
in every thought of theirs coming to meet them…”    ( Book of Wisdom 6:14-17)
IN the book of Wisdom in the Old Testament, this book which is at points attibuted to Solomon, speaks to us of Wisdom.

In order to truly understand Wisdom and try to consider how it applies to us, we first need a good understanding of What Wisdom is.

Wisdom is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit we receive at Baptism.  The gift of Wisdom is what allows us to discern the right choices in living a holy life.

So, now that your a bit confused.. how is Wisdom different from faith ?  Faith is a gift as well, but it is the acceptance and affirmation of that gift that is the mark of faith.  Wisdom give us the understanding and internalization of that faith, that
allows us to take that faith and put it into the actions and decisions that cause us to live a full and holy life.

So we understand that like faith, it is a gift, but, that gift must be taken out of its “box” and used in order for us to gain
a complete understanding of what it is.

Let me ask you a question..   Does anyone remember one of the readings from the last Mass they attended ?  ( NO cheating).

OK. so, the point of the readings is so that we can hear what is read, and from that reading, we are able to hear and internalize some facet of the reading this gives meaning to us individually and we get our spiritual feeding from that.

Like Wisdom, it is a gift we have received.  The problem being, that like the other spiritual gifts we have, they are near useless
until it is received, internalized, and then shared with others for the benefit of our brothers and sisters, for the glory of God.

Taking our Lord, in word ( and deed) to our brothers and sisters allows them also to hear, to internalize and hopefully to take that feeding they have received and share it with others that they also might be fed.

You might think that after an entire lifetime of attendance in church, that those messages might get old.  That they certainly have heard the messages time and time again.  There is certainly nothing new there ?  AH.. but there is.    Everytime we hear the Word of God it speaks to us in new and different ways at different times of our lives.

The first part of the reading reminds us that it is our responsibility to seek wisdom.
We are also admonished that Wisdom causes anxiety to leave us.

Wisdom lets us understand that God has a plan for each of us, that we should not be afraid or worried because God has things well in hand.  It is through the gift and search of spiritual Wisdom, that we find that our stress and anxiety of everyday life is
lessened or removed because of our understanding of the spiritual life.

All of those things, Life, birth, death, finances, stress, work, all those factors that make up our daily lives all processed through the eyes of wisdom cause us the ability to see these events all as part of the life of faith and a time to stop and praise God for his mercy, and grace.

Seek out your gift of Wisdom, read, learn, and advance in your understanding.  Today, the biggest problem that the church faces is a lack of formation, and knowledge of its own true faith.

If you do not have a good grounding in your faith, you will be lead astray easily.

Ask the hard questions, seek the answers to those questions that have always nagged you.  It is by seeking these answers, by working on your understanding that you will gain an advancement of Wisdom, which is pleasing to God.

May God give you the gift of His peace !
“Fear of the LORD* is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline” Psalm 1:7


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