The Word of God

Eyes On The Wise

Reflections on Mass Reading for February 9, 2019

“My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me.” It is widely believed and circulated that once a proud young man came to Socrates asking for wisdom. The Greek Philosopher took the young man down to the sea when he quickly pushed him under for a seemingly cruel amount of time until the young man gushed forth from the water gasping for life itself. At this point, Socrates is attributed to have said, “when you want wisdom as much as you have just wanted air, then you will be wise.” The Letter to the Hebrews wishes the same for all who would listen: “May the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep by the Blood of the eternal covenant, furnish you with all that is good, that you may do his will.”

The Scriptures as the totality of the Word of God completely and totally prepare, reveal and glorify the person of Jesus Christ. From that sweeping statement we can safely deduce that wisdom is as important to life as air is to a drowning person. To obtain it successfully, we must search after it with the same desperation as for oxygen. The ability to see clearly and choose correctly the best course of action on a daily basis are the veritable building blocks of life of wisdom. Jesus then adds another awesome exercise that is probably less dramatic than a near-drowning experience: “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” If that sounds too simplistic, remember with whom we are called to spend quality, enriching time. It is wisdom incarnate, Jesus the Lord! 

Wisdom is the power to see, and the inclination to choose, the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it. Wisdom is, in fact, the practical side of moral goodness. As such, it is found in its fullness only in God. He alone is naturally and entirely and invariable wise. ~J.I. Packer

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