Daily Reflection
February 11th, 2004
Marcia Shadle-Cusic
Chaplain of Medical School
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As I have come to recognize how important wisdom is, in our daily living and interaction with others, I have found myself closing messages to people using the phrase, "Praying for wisdom."  King Solomon's wisdom impressed me even as a kid. I remember the story of the two women and the baby and Solomon's solution to finding out who the mother truly was - I knew even as a kid that King Solomon was really smart. The First Reading today assures me that God does give potential for power and wisdom to people who truly seek to respond, from God's inspired wisdom.

The Psalm clearly tells us, "Trust in him and he will act.  He will make justice dawn for you like the light."  What a beautiful phrase, one that brings hope, encouragement and joy.   "The mouth of the just man tells of wisdom and his tongue utters what is right.  The law of his God is in his heart, and his steps do not falter."  What are my motives, my words, my thoughts, or my actions?  I am reminded of the idea of St. Ignatius Of Loyola, who advises to be contemplative in action.  I need to always stay connected with the Lord, to feel his presence in my decision making, to speak from my heart and to then trust that my words and actions are wise and are a part of God's plan for me.  "The Salvation of the just is from the Lord; he is their refuge in the time of distress.  And the Lord helps them and delivers them"- and to this I say personally, "Thank goodness!" I certainly cannot live this life without the assurance that God will guide me.

I must continue to pray that my words and actions are honorable, that they seek justice and truth and not let the actions or words of others harden me to want to strike back, out of my hurt, my frustration or my anger. "Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile."   I am called to remain humble, to nurture my relationship with God, who I trust will advise me, guide me and grant me the wisdom, that I continue to pray for.


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