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Friday, November 6, 2020
From the Desk of Fr. Ron……
Many people confuse “wisdom” with education and “book learning.” Educational certificates, diplomas, and degrees are all great and a credit to all who fulfill all their academic requirements, in order to attain them. But, wisdom isn’t always equated with such learnings. I once knew a young man who had two PhD degrees and failed to be able to navigate a stove, to boil water for tea. Conversely, I knew some elders who never finished high school, but whose advice I would always heed.
This week’s Biblical lessons center around that God given quality of “wisdom.” Merriam-Webster defines it as the “ability to discern relationships, insight, good sense, judgement.” Our first reading comes from the Book of Wisdom and is a testimonial about wisdom being granted to all who sincerely would seek her. That she “graciously appears to them in the ways and meets them with all solicitude” (Wisdom 6:16).
Jesus uses a simple parable story about five wise and five foolish youngsters who are prepared to welcome a bridegroom, when he arrives for a wedding celebration. The five foolish ones are left out in the cold, for their failure to prepare well for what they were participating within.
As we journey to the end of our Liturgical year, many of our Biblical texts center around the end of time. The gift of wisdom reminds us, to put not off for tomorrow what we should prepare for today. Last week’s feast of “All Saints” helped us renew our awareness that we are all called upon to be saints. We are all destined for glory with the Lord. But that doesn’t mean that we can “drop the ball” and not remain prepared and vigilant. Wisdom teaches us to always be ready for we don’t know at which hour our Lord will come. Are you well stocked and ready for the Lord.