Choosing Wisdom

The Book of Sirach was written in the late third to early second century BC by Ben Sira. Sira was a philosophy teacher in Jerusalem and the book of Sirach is thought to be a collection of his class notes.

In this weekend’s reading (Sirach 15:15-20), the Jewish teachings and traditions are guiding us how to live in accord with God’s wisdom.  The author suggests that we have many choices in life and that we choose to keep the commandments and to trust in God. We’re also encouraged to choose life over death and good over evil. He goes on to say that, whichever he chooses shall be given him.  In modern psychological terms, we get what we expect.

Each time that we act unjustly, it is the result of our choice.  Every thought, word and action we display is the result of choice.  Can we choose what to think?  Yes. Do we choose what we say?  Yes.  Do we choose each of our actions?  Yes again.

Upon whose wisdom do we call in order to think, speak and act?

Wisdom is the theme in the second reading from Corinthians (1 Corinthians 2:6-10).  Paul is asking us to use God’s wisdom instead of the wisdom of our leaders and other mortals around us.  God’s wisdom is made known to us through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Are you receptive to the power of the Holy Spirit? Are we living our lives as a result of the world’s wisdom or God’s?  God’s wisdom is within our grasp.  Ask and it will be given.

In this week’s gospel from Matthew (Matthew 5:17-37), Jesus expands upon the commandments and Jewish laws so that we can happily and easily live and speak the truth of Jesus.

When talking about the commandment to “not kill”, Jesus elaborates on the word “kill” and says, “whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.” He further tells us to not call our brothers and sisters fool, idiot or imbecile.  We’re asked to reconcile with everyone quickly. In this same reading he also expands upon the topics of adultery and divorce.

At the end of this section of the gospel, Jesus give us advice on the Jewish law, “Do not take a false oath, but make good to the Lord all that you vow.” There is no need to place our hands on a bible and “swear to tell the truth” and say things like “I swear to God” because we are ALWAYS speaking the truth.  In Jesus’ words, “Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’  Anything more is from the evil one.”

Common sayings these days are, “to be perfectly honest” and “to tell you the truth”. I cringe every time that I hear a radio or television personality or anyone else use these phrases because they’re implying that at other times, “I am not telling you the truth.”

Wisdom defined: Wisdom is a deep understanding and realizing of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to choose or act to consistently produce the optimum results with a minimum of time and energy. It is the ability to optimally (effectively and efficiently) apply perceptions and knowledge and so produce the desired results. Wisdom is also the comprehension of what is true or right coupled with optimum judgment as to action.

This week’s messages:

Put your faith in God’s wisdom

We have the power to choose at all times – choose wisely.

“What God has prepared for those who love him, this God has revealed to us through the Spirit.”

Choose love instead of anger.

Choose words of praise for others instead of words of ridicule.

Always speak the truth. Say what you mean and mean what you say.

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2 Responses to “Choosing Wisdom”

  1. Stephane Says:

    What lirntabieg knowledge. Give me liberty or give me death.

  2. Says:

    In the complicated world we live in, it’s good to find simple solutions.

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