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.