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God's Wisdom

November 14, 2019

The Book of Wisdom was written late in the history of the Jewish nation, close to the time of Jesus. Wisdom tells the Jewish people how to live as a faithful Israelite. In today’s reading Wisdom is described as:

… for she is the refulgence of eternal light, the spotless mirror of the power of God, the image of his goodness.

Then Wisdom is described as:

… passing into holy souls from age to age, she produces friends of God and prophets.

God’s Wisdom helps the Israelite to be a friend, a confidant of God… one who lives according to God’s will, ever faithful and loyal to God’s ways. God’s Wisdom also inspires the Israelite to be a prophet… one who speaks God’s word and God’s ways to the people, even when the people of God do not want to hear of God’s ways or God’s will and mistreats the Prophet… as Jesus often described.

Jesus was filled with the wisdom of God. Jesus was a confidant of God and a prophet. Jesus was the very Word of God, spoken to God’s people. Many of God’s people rejected God’s Word.

Jesus now gives us the Spirit of Wisdom. We are now confidants of God and prophets. We bring God’s word into our world… our culture.

Our culture tells us that we are called to be entertained consumers… that will bring us happiness and fulfillment. We are citizens of a Kingdom of Stuff.

Or… we are citizens of a Kingdom of Social Media, constantly being fed with info. The average millennial checks their smart phone 87 times a day. FOMO is a newly recognized dis-ease… Fear of Missing Out… so much information, so much happening, and so much loneliness.

Can we friends of God and prophets bring God’s love and compassion and forgiveness into our world of constant information flow? Can we bring God’s Wisdom into a Kingdom of Stuff. Can we bring a little bit of heaven into our world?

A Story

Two Kingdoms…

Picture a circle of people sitting side by side, so close to each other that their shoulders are touching.  In the center of this circle is a big pot of delicious looking and smelling stew.  The scent of it makes you want to try some right now.

The folks in the circle have a large wooden spoon with a long handle taped to their right forearms.  They are yelling at each other angrily, they look

lean and hungry… there is no happiness here.  The problem…because they are so close together, they can’t get a spoon of the delicious stew into their mouths.  They bump into each other when them try to feed themselves.

Life is a rat race!

 

Picture a circle of people sitting side by side, so close to each other that their shoulders are touching.  In the center of this circle is a big pot of delicious looking and smelling stew.  The scent of it makes you want to try some right now.

The folks in the circle have a large wooden spoon with a long handle taped to their right forearms.  These folks are happy and joyful, smiling and joking, and well fed.

 

What’s the difference… ah, then you notice it.  Each person is dipping his or her spoon into the stew, and then feeding each other.  They are taking care of each other first.

The Kingdom of Heaven begun now by Jesus’ disciples. God’s Wisdom