Grace to you!
We continue our reflection based on the Book of Wisdom (also called the Wisdom of Solomon). Hope you know why the book is identified with Solomon. It isn’t because Solomon was the author. Rather, it is likely because, as some scholars suggest, in the Old Testament, wisdom is associated with Solomon. We say, “As wise as Solomon.”
At least three qualities are in the gift of wisdom. They include experience, knowledge and practical or good judgment.
In wisdom, our experiences come together in vivid ways, so much so that they equip us to make the right decision. Experience is the best teacher if we use the blessings of our experience to make the right decisions. A wise person is one who does not repeat the mistakes of the past or ignore maximizing previous blessings/gains. In our everyday life, when people say, ‘wise up,” doesn’t our mind immediately go to a caution not to be beaten twice. Meaning, we’ve got to learn from experience. Learning from experience is a sign of wisdom.
Similarly, wisdom enables us to pool from our knowledge base. Knowledge isn’t meant to be stored in one corner of the brain or be archived in our library. We use what we know to make best of what we don’t know.
Wisdom equally brings our judgment of situations so we can make the right decision and act right. Wisdom is God’s gift through which we maximize the potentials of our spiritual faculties. Common sense is a sign of wisdom.
Wisdom is also a person and spirit. Divine wisdom is identified as spirit, which ushers in many qualities that can make anyone be the best they can be. Read this beautiful description from the Book of wisdom:
“For in her [wisdom] there is a spirit that is intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, mobile, clear, unpolluted, distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen, irresistible, beneficent, humane, steadfast, sure, free from anxiety, all-powerful, overseeing all, and penetrating through all spirits that are intelligent and pure and most subtle. For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things. For she is a breath of the power of God, and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her. For she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness” (Wis 7:22-26).
Wisdom penetrates things with pristine clarity, so much so we begin to see little by little how God sees. We act in our little ways as God would. We walk in the footsteps of Divine Wisdom itself, who is Christ.
From the quality of wisdom as a gift of the Holy Spirit to wisdom as a person, we see how one leads to the other. To possess wisdom is to possess Christ, the divine logos (as Saint John wrote (John 1). To be wise is to see things with the purity of divine insight and act accordingly.
We can read books and listen to news. They increase our knowledge base. They may not make us wise. To be wise is a quality of the spirit. It is when we allow the Spirit of God to impregnate our spirit so we can see things in the light of the Spirit. It is then that wisdom springs like the bud, guiding out thoughts and our ways.
“Lord, let your wisdom be with me, to help me and to work with me.” Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Thursday Week 32 A: Wis 7:22-8:1; Lk 17:20-25]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
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