The Wise Believer
Are you a wise person? Wise can have many different meanings in the English language. In the Bible, wisdom is also referred to as a person at times. When looking closer, there are multiple definitions, including: "The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise"; "The soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment"; "The body of knowledge and principles that develops within a specified society or period"(English Dictionary). For us as people of faith, each of these definitions ring truth. We experience wisdom through God speaking to us in prayer, in scripture, through Divine Revelation, and most importantly through Christ. We apply wisdom given to us through participating in the Sacraments, being disciples through evangelical acts of service, and through taking time for quiet, attentively listening for God's will. Wisdom for us is also a body of knowledge, through the Universal Church, a community of people who believe and practice the same faith, reading Scripture and coming together for worship. Though we cannot hope to comprehend everything that's happening in our lives, God gives us the wisdom and guidance we need to be dedicated, loving disciples.
Today's Gospel states:'He went away from there and came to his own country; and his disciples followed him. And on the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue; and many who heard him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? What mighty works are wrought by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him. And Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house." And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands upon a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching' (Mark 6:1-6).
Today's reading talks about how wisdom, specifically the wisdom Jesus has when preaching to the people. God guides us towards greater wisdom through understanding that we are not alone in this race, that we don't carry the burdens alone and that we'll come out stronger on the other side of them. Pope Francis talks about Wisdom as the fruit of Knowledge and Experience, which can only be learned through the power of the Holy Spirit working within us. He states: "If we listen to the Holy Spirit, He will teach us this way of wisdom, and will give us the wisdom to see through God’s eyes, to hear with God’s ears, to love with the heart of God, to judge with God’s judgment. This is the wisdom that the Holy Spirit gives us, and all of us can have this"(General Audience, 2014). In order to understand our faith, to be wise, we must persevere in our lives, embracing our freedom through making and taking experiences as they come our way, looking, living and loving through the example Jesus is for us, through the Holy Spirit working within us. Take some time to pray and ask God to help bring further wisdom through experience.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to know You in my life. I pray that through every experience I may gain more wisdom on what it means to truly be one of Your disciples.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.