Turmoil…Destruction…WAR…Persecution…Earthquake, Famines, Typhoons…VIOLENCE.

Not exactly a comforting Gospel passage.    And certainly not comforting news headlines.

A Filipino boy holding a bottle of water walks through the super typhoon devastated city of Tacloban Photo: EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

A Filipino boy holding a bottle of water walks through the super typhoon devastated city of Tacloban Photo: EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

But yet, hidden within one line in this gospel passage, in the midst of all the chaos, are words of hope…”For I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking…”  Jesus’ promise of hope, that when all is falling apart in our lives and in our world, He is present.  When all is coming down, the WISDOM of God remains.

The challenge for us is to cling to and grow in this wisdom of God…the Wisdom that is of giving of ourselves to help others, the wisdom of loving and not hating, the wisdom of compassion and generosity.   This is what we are to cling to.

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Yet, what do so many of us really cling to??  We cling to Things…like church buildings, political ideology, our own opinions and egos, our own desires and wants….  We build up our lives around these things that are in fact temporary.

I saw a great quote this week…”too many families have been sacrificed at the altar of success.”  Meaning that what is truly destroying our families is our love of money and things.  It is not necessarily an agenda of the liberal left as many like to point out.  We spend to much on our lives on the things that do not matter, and we neglect that which truly does matter and will endure.

The Wisdom of God.

The more we open ourselves to this wisdom, through reading and reflecting upon Scripture and our Tradition; through prayer and meditation, through our actions to help others….the more stable and firm we will be.  Eucharist is the reminder to us of to whom we are to be centered upon.

It is God’s wisdom.  The wisdom of self-sacrifice for the good of others; the wisdom of seeing the good in others;  The Good Samaritan, painting by Aime Morot Le Bon

the wisdom of compassion and forgiveness.  modern day good samaritan

The wisdom that Christ taught and importantly LIVED!  It was the wisdom that gave him the strength to endure the trials, the cross and even death.   It was the wisdom that raised him from the dead to a glorified life.  It is a wisdom shared with us, so that we too will live.

We will accept this Wisdom and Live?