“Wisdom” Today?

In our action-pack “information” era, we need to not only understand what we are hearing and reading, but we also need to carefully process that “information.” I use quotes for information because how much of it is genuine and not that important word.

Where lies and lives the depth and width of wisdom? Hardly. You’ve read or heard the north/south stuff, but now it’s time to reflect, digest, and examine the east and the west of that “information.” King Solomon’s three books in the Bible help us. His youthful years brought us “Song of Songs,” full of love, promise, and prancing through the woods dancing with deer. He then provided us with “The Book of Wisdom,” full of life-lived advice challenging us to capture and reflect on the east/west information. His third is “Ecclesiastes,” which offers us life’s frivolous follies covered with salty sarcasm due to his long aging life.

His first and third is the easiest route to travel through life. Is our life’s responses the sure assurances of the first and those easy dismissals found in the third? How about his potent second? Now you’re a living believer. Now you’re a reflective thinker, whatever your age. Here’s a sampling of his wisdom list in attempting to define it.  

“Wisdom is a spirit, intelligent, holy, unique…subtle, agile, clear, unstained, certain, not baneful, loving the good, keen, unhampered, beneficent, kindly, firm, secure, tranquil, all-powerful, all-seeing…” Does it kinda sound like we can’t achieve it?

Once again, hardly. We can. Solomon writes, “She is the aura of the might of God…for she is the refulgence (I had to look that one up) of eternal light.” I read it over and over and thought, “Absolutely and wow.”

Wisdom is the melding of our thoughts with God thoughts. Are our thoughts and words colored by God’s? Solomon writes that wisdom is “The spotless mirror of the power of God, the image of [God’s] goodness.” We absorb and understand through our minds; that’s only the beginning. Wisdom emanates from the heart and soul only to return and live there.

In every one of our beliefs, opinions, and actions is it our mere folly or sarcasm, or does it (or, can it) “mirror” the goodness of God?  

A bakery reference to conclude: “Pie in the sky?” Hardly. We can live a faith-filled life of “having our cake and eating it too!”

About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). www.Salvatorians.com. Six books on the Catholic church and U.S. culture are available on Amazon.com.
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