Saturday, May 30, 2015

Lord Give Me Wisdom

The first reading in Mass today spoke so beautifully about the value of seeking Wisdom:

"When I was young and innocent,
I sought wisdom openly in my prayer
I prayed for her before the temple,
and I will seek her until the end,
and she flourished as a grape soon ripe.
My heart delighted in her,
My feet kept to the level path 
because from earliest youth I was familiar with her". (Sir 51:13-15)

Throughout the New and Old Testament we are told of the importance of Wisdom.  The reading above is particularly interesting in that it speaks not only of praying for this gift but also of the value of seeking the gift of wisdom when one is young and innocent.  The reading goes on to say that because from earliest youth he was familiar with wisdom his feet were kept to the level path.  This is such a beautiful way for a child to begin his or her journey.  To possess this precious gift from an early age is to "walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble." (Proverbs 4:23)

Indeed today at Mass the priest suggested that daily we should ask for the gift of Wisdom.  He tried to think for a moment about a person who would not benefit from this request and he concluded in saying, yes we should all make this our daily prayer.  Recently during a novena to the Holy Spirit leading up to Pentecost I had the chance to read more about this gift of the Holy Spirit in the Novena written by the Archdiocese of Hartford.  This was their description of the gift of Wisdom:

The gift of wisdom is nothing less than loving, contemplative union with God, which makes it possible for us to see all things from a divine perspective.  When it is understood in its full breadth, wisdom can rightly be called "communion," since it is a share in divine life, a union made perfect in the truth of love.  Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts.  It strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree.  

Thus may I humbly suggest that we should waste no time in seeking this precious gift.  May we daily ask: LORD GIVE ME WISDOM.

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