Wisdom of Solomon
by Father Jon Eltringham
Monsignor of the Diocese of Saint Michael: Ohio
Wisdom is radiant and unfading,
and she is easily discerned by those who love her,
and is found by those who seek her.
She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her.
One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty,
for she will be found sitting at the gate.
To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding,
And one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care,
because she goes about seeking those worthy of her,
and she graciously appears to them in their paths,
and meets them in every thought.
They say wisdom comes with age. As a youth I thought that was crazy. Like that old saying goes “If I knew then what I know now”. Come on, we all have said it at least fifteen times in our lives. But that’s all part of growing up and it’s all so very true. If we have faith in God’s word and trust and pray in His holy name, He will help us to understand His works and keep His commandments. We should teach our children and grandchildren this.
One who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care. What does that mean? Well, if one stays on the true path that the Lord has set for them then they will be care free, right? Wrong. Wisdom is knowing and believing, trusting in a higher power, the power of God. The more people who read the Bible and study it, the wiser we will be about His plans for us in heaven and here on earth.
Remember in the Book of Matthew 25: 1-13, when Jesus said “The kingdom of heaven will be like this, ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were wise and five were foolish. The five wise took flasks of oil, so to be prepared for the coming of the bridegroom. The five foolish did not bring anymore oil to trim their lamps. The bridegroom took the five that were ready while the five foolish went to buy oil for their lamps. The bridesmaids came saying ‘Lord,lord, open to us.’ But he replied ‘Truly, I tell you,I do not know you. Keep awake therefore you know not the day nor the hour.'” So let us not be like the five foolish. Let us be ready for the when He comes or calls upon us.
Let us pray. “O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”