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Thursday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Scriptural Readings: Wis 7:22b–8:1; Psalms 119:89, 90, 91, 130, 135, 175; Luke 17:20-25

My dear encountered couples:

Wisdom is not a thing, it is a Being, the first and greatest of all beings. Wisdom is God.

We think of wisdom to be the right way to use knowledge. We can go to school, graduate “magna cum laude,” become like a walking encyclopedia, we can answer all the questions on Jeopardy and name that tune in two notes. But are we wise? If we think hard I’ll bet we can think of someone we know who has a high IQ but somehow seems to be missing something. Could that something be Wisdom?

When God told Solomon to ask for whatever he wanted most and it would be given him, he asked for wisdom. What was it he got? He got God. God gave him himself, he manifested himself in Solomon especially in his wisdom. It is hard to speak of God and wisdom. We speak as if we are talking about two different things, when actually God, who is a one totality of all that is good and great, like Love and Justice and Mercy and Etcetera, Wisdom is one of those things that he is. What does that mean? It means that when we do something wise, God is operating within us.

Read the book of Wisdom. You can learn a lot about God there. You will also notice that Wisdom is referred to as a “she,” not a “he.” Maybe that’s why all the girls were smarter than us boys when I was in school.


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