August 16, 2015
Dear Parish Family,
Let whoever is simple turn in here; To the one who lacks understanding, she says, Come, eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed! Forsake foolishness that you may live; advance in the way of understanding.
In the book of Proverbs, Wisdom is personified. She — for Wisdom is a she — offers understanding to the simple. She invites us to her table and offers to share with us the fruit of wisdom.
However, the gaining of wisdom is not assured. It is not enough to merely sit at the table; one must eat the food and drink the wine. In short, one must do.
One must also forsake the way of foolishness in favor of the way of understanding. Wisdom does not fall into our laps; such is not the natural order of things. We must seek her.
It is easy to be the fool. It is easy to be mean spirited. It is easy to be uncharitable. It is easy to be small, and petty, and foul, and every other thing that comes through sloth… through lack of effort… through lack of charity… through a desire to do as little as possible for others while taking as much as we can for ourselves. Being pushy and hateful is easy; any fool can do it. It is basically the default path for fallen mankind — but it was never intended to be.
To be wise is far more difficult. It takes real effort. To be charitable and loving… to defend justice for others… to work selflessly and actively for the betterment of all — these are good and noble not because they are easy, but precisely because they are hard. They do not come naturally because we must, through grace, rise above our base nature and take on the nature of sons and daughters of God. We must work to be what we were intended to be from the very beginning.
Let us all pray for wisdom and understanding, for charity and love, for a commitment to justice, and for the ability to see the good in others as being equal to the good in ourselves. Most importantly, let us always seek to cooperate with the grace that God gives us so that we can rise above our base nature and become what we were intended to be from the very beginning: sons and daughters of God.