Grace to you!
Suppose you were to have one chance to make a petition to the Lord, what would that be? What is that one prayer point, the answer of which will positively change everything else in your life and history?
Answers will definitely vary depending on one’s age and status in life. Knowing that one thing, that one thread uniting others in the chain of blessedness, is the step to self-fulfillment. Following through with that one thing is reaching fulfillment.
Solomon is called the wise for good reason. His story in the bible, especially in 1 Kings 3:1-13, fits any discussion on visionary leadership. He was able to see the one thing that determined the success, or otherwise, of his service as king. He asked the Lord for the understanding to distinguish good from evil. This will enable him to know the right thing to do and do it, as well as know the wrong thing and avoid it. “Knowledge,” a philosopher says, “is power.”
The desire to be wise, to understand evil from good, is a holy and praiseworthy desire. Anyone who is concerned about what is right, who wants to do what is right, is indeed a blessed child of God. The person is truly wise.
Wisdom is a priceless gift from God. Possess it and you have all you need to live happily and live in joy. Wisdom and understanding help us, too, to know when to say no and when to say yes. In wisdom, we find a sense of balance too. Too many things surround us. We need wisdom and understanding to make right choices also.
When the apostles related to Jesus the good news of their successes after the mission he sent them to preach and heal the sick, the Lord Jesus said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.” (Mk 6:31).
Wisdom helps us to know when to go and when to stop. It is discernment to know when we need to be refreshed. Without wisdom, we would lack the basic sense of right and wrong and what leads to peace.
I pray with the Book of Wisdom for the wisdom to know what is right and the courage to do it. I pray also for you to find a sense of balance amidst the fast pace of life today. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Saturday Week 4 B: 1 Kgs 3:4-13; Mk 6:30-34]
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.