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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe

DO YOU WISH TO BE WISE?

 

Today’s Readings:

Wisdom 6:12-16

Psalm 63:2-8;

1Thessalonians 4:13-18

Matthew 25:1-13

 


What is Wisdom? Wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit, one which enables us to understand, through faith, what God reveals to us. This is not the same as knowledge. Knowledge is what we can learn because of our intellect. We all need to know God and we all need the wisdom to understand what we know.


Wisdom makes us ask, “What does God want from me? What are His expectations of me?” The opposite of wisdom is foolishness. And it causes us to say, “What do I want? And what are my expectations of myself” To be wise is to seek God’s will for one’s life and live by it. Foolishness is to presume God’s will and live on your terms.


The mantra of the wise person is the words of the Book of Proverbs:

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." – Proverbs 3:5,6

  • A wise person seeks God’s will and commits everything to God in prayer.

  • A wise person keeps the four last things in mind: death, judgment, heaven and hell.

  • A wise person knows that heaven is the goal and that eternal life is more important than any earthly achievements.

  • A wise person is hopeful even when they grieve and does not give into despair.

  • A wise person comforts others in their pain.

  • A wise person is always ready for heaven and not afraid of death.

  • A wise person prepares for the end by making every moment a time of ongoing repentance.

  • A wise person accepts their pain and trusts that God is in control at all times.

  • A wise person is filled with the oil of love which lights up their life with faith and charity.

  • A wise person is alive spiritually awake and sacramentally up to date.

  • A wise person prays for everyone they are in a relationship with (Family, friends, romantic interests and acquaintances).

  • A wise person is guided by love and not ruled by fear.


How Do I Grow in Wisdom?

  • Be open to the power of the Holy Spirit over your life.

  • Make the Scriptures your daily companion.

  • Maintain a constant connection with God through prayer.

  • Learn from your good and bad experiences.

  • Do not become comfortable in sin.

  • Desire to grow in your spiritual life.

  • Stay close to your family (whether natural or religious).

  • Seek spiritual direction from genuine ministers of God.

  • Wisdom and humility go hand in hand. If you are humble, you will learn from everyone and every experience you have.

  • Listen to others because you will learn something new from everyone you meet.

UDE-MARY OWOH


 

Prayer:

  1. Lord, order my thoughts, my words and my steps on the path of wisdom and cause my heart to seek Your will in all things, even when I do not understand.

  2. May the thoughts of my mind, the words of my lips and my actions be pleasing to You. Amen.

  3. Lord, give me the wisdom that sits by your throne and do not reject me from among your servants, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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