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Fount of wisdom

Jesus continues to instruct the disciples in the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. The readings for liturgy today focus our attention on the nature of true wisdom.

The underlying lesson that it brings is that this is the true wisdom which prompts us to choose the right course of action. It is the true wisdom that can direct us in our interpretation of the law.

Jesus is insistent that he has not come to abolish the wisdom of previous ages, but has come to develop it further. He speaks strongly about the need to know and understand the spirit of the law, not just its precepts.

He stresses the importance of what is in the heart, hidden from the sight of others, not just what is on public display.

The longer we live, the more we realise that life experiences open up for us a series of choices. With these choices we chart the path that we will take.

The circumstances of our life can change from time to time and sometimes quite suddenly and radically, but we still have the freedom to make choices about how we will deal with them and respond in various situations.

Obedient people do what they are told; wise people choose what good they will do. True wisdom calls us to choose life and whatever enhances life.

If we are truly wise, we will come to realise that what was acceptable and life-enhancing in one situation may not be life-enhancing in another. Life is fluid and our thinking, as well as the way we act must be flexible enough to adapt when necessary. 

True wisdom, which comes to us through the Spirit, will enrich us with insight into life in ways that we never thought possible. We will realise where and how we fit into the vast and interrelated ecosystems of the universe, and we will be overawed with the majesty and intricacy of its workings.

We will understand once and for all that the value of anything is determined by its capacity to enrich life and we will commit ourselves to and cherish every manifestation of that life.

The Christian world has just finished marking the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and February 22 is the feast of the Chair of Peter.

This feast is an extremely old one and has been kept in Rome since the fourth century as a symbol of the unity of the Church. The chair, or cathedra, refers to the chair the bishop occupies when teaching his community and it is a strong reminder to us of the importance of unity, not only within the Catholic Church, but among all Christians.

In The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium), Pope Francis says, “I hope that all communities will devote the necessary effort to advancing along the path of a pastoral and missionary conversion which cannot leave things as they presently are.”

 

          l Diocese of Sandhurst