What Makes You Wise?
What makes you a wise person? In teaching, you learn a large amount of content in a few ares so to be able to dive in and deliver the content to students. You could say that taking a great amount of time to understand your teachable to deliver it to students would make you a wise individual in that area. However, though you may have more knowledge than most in a certain subject area, you would still discover that there is more to learn, especially in this ever-changing world. In the same way, we too need to become wise leaders in our faith, learning what we can and bringing it forward into the world, delivering the Good news. At the same time, we need to be mindful that there are always being developments and changes from what we know about faith, being open-minded and open to growing our knowledge of faith together in this changing world.
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 marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching' (Mark 6:1-16).
Today's reading talks about how we need to recognize the wisdom that Jesus gives us, going forward to deliver the same wisdom to the world. We could not ever hope to bring the Good News to the world if we didn't know anything about our faith, if we didn't invest time and thought into understanding God's will given for us. Jesus shows us that we need to live lives of faith, and go forward being disciples using our lived experiences, as well as the knowledge we gain from attending Mass, paying attention to Scripture, prayer. We need to be people of a lived faith, going forward to tell how God has been present in our lives. Take some time today to pray and ask God to help you use wisdom you gain from a lived faith experience to bring faith into the lives of those around you.
Today we pray:
Thank You for showing me that it's important to have a lived faith experience. Help me going forward to gain wisdom from You through living my life and sharing the Good News You have given for my life.