Next Tuesday, September 26, I shall be fifty
eight. So, I have been wondering what kind
of a birthday gift I may ask from God. He
is so generous and so kindhearted that I
am sure He will do his best to give me what
I ask! The truth is I do not need to reflect
much on what I want.
We are surrounded by a circus of mistakes
and blunders committed through poor
Teenagers who confuse love with sex,
who never think of their vocation,
who having been disappointed with their
expectations double them for their
parents working so much as to neglect
children, couples who live together
getting married because 'this is the
it goes', priests and teachers who
rather be fashionable than faithful,
who prefer comfort to compassion…
The foolish gain their status not only
what they do, but also by what they
to do. If one person says 'you're a
don't mind; if two say this be worried;
three say so, get a saddle! So much
judgment with so many sad consequences.
reap what we sow.
This is why for my birthday, I want
Solomon wanted! When at the beginning
his sovereignty, he goes to the heights
Gibeon, where a shrine was erected,
has a dream-revelation during the night.
God appears and invites him to ask
gift. The answer of Solomon is loud
"Give your servant an understanding
heart …" (1 Kings 3:9).
Every third Saturday of the month,
of the morning canticle echo so deeply
my heart, "Give me Wisdom, the
at your throne, and reject me not from
Yes, I want wisdom as my birthday gift,
"wisdom rescues from troubles
who serve her" (Wisdom 10:9).
The Book of Proverbs is even more explicit.
"My son, eat honey, for it is
and the drippings of the honeycomb
to your taste. Know that wisdom is
your soul; if you find it, there will
a future, and your hope will not be
Pope John Paul II in one of his Wednesday
conferences (January 2003) made this
comment. "Without this gift, one
aware that one is without a guide,
deprived of a polar star that will
one in the moral choices of life: 'For
am ... a man weak and short-lived and
in comprehension of judgment and of
... if Wisdom, who comes from you,
with him, he shall he held in no esteem."
The Book of Genesis makes it clear
had a busy first week: creating heaven
earth, sun and moon, water and land,
and animals, man and woman. But yet,
Book of Proverbs tells us that his
creation was Wisdom. The reason being
wisdom is the mother of all life and
guide to right living. And …God's endless
delight. Her teachings are passionate,
and yet rarely heard.
Scripture portrays wisdom as a lady.
suggest that the reason is because
is honorable, noble, beautiful, elegant,
What is for sure is that wisdom is
lamp that lights up our daily moral
and leads us on the straight path.
the knowledge of God's world and the
of fitting oneself into it. That is
need it badly.
They asked Rabbi Levi, 'why is the
page number missing in all the expositions
of the Babylonian Talmud? Why does
with the second?" He replied,
much a man may learn, he should always
that he has not even gotten to the
page!" I need wisdom. It will
me my ignorance.
The beginning of wisdom is the fear
Fear of God is not dread of God. It
the apprehension of losing such a generous
and strong ally. I need wisdom. It
alive in me this beautiful fear.
At a critical moment in one of Napoleon's
military campaigns, the commanders
into his tent, breathless, "Sir,
enemy is getting closer!" Napoleon
and replied, "Get bigger maps
won't seem so close!" I need wisdom.
It will help me keep everything in
"When you come to the end of all
light you know, and it's time to step
the darkness of the unknown, faith
that one of two things will happen:
you will be given something solid to
on or you will be taught to fly!"
need wisdom. It will support me to
of my moments of darkness.
A four year old boy was touched when
his neighbor, an elderly gentleman
because he had just lost his wife.
this, the little boy went into the
yard, climbed onto his lap, and just
there. When his mother asked him what
had said to the neighbor, the little
said, "Nothing. I just helped
I need wisdom. It may give me the eyes
the heart of a child.
Tuesday coming, do pray for me, please.
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