Why would you want to choose Wisdom? Well, do you want to know God better? If so, what better way than to see the world through God’s eyes; to hear the joys and sorrows with His ears; to feel the love coming from His heart. How intimate is that? I can think of no better way of knowing God better than to ask the Holy Spirit for the gift of Wisdom, and then uniting my will to God’s will.
By opening our hearts and minds to the Holy Spirit we are graced with the gift of Wisdom and begin seeing the world differently; seeing it as God sees it. Can you imagine what the world would be like if we viewed issues with God’s Wisdom? We would actually see the poor, rather than blindly walking past them on the street. If we saw the poor as God sees the poor, maybe we would actually do something to ease their pain and strife, rather than say that it’s someone else’s problem to fix. If we heard the victims of domestic violence as they scream next door, maybe we would step up to give aid, rather than ignore the noise because we don’t want to get involved. If we knew how it felt to be bullied, maybe we would show compassion and a sense of inclusion, rather than look on silently for fear of being the next target.
If we were to choose Wisdom, problems would be more easily resolved. Standards of living would be improved. Violence would end. Most importantly, peace and love would reign, and Satan would lose all of his power over mankind. For me, those are some pretty good reasons to choose Wisdom!
“O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation” (O Antiphon for December 17th)
How does one obtain Wisdom? We’ll address the answer to that question in our next reflection on the gift and virtue of Wisdom. Don’t miss it!