It seems that we live in an age devoid of wisdom. First, because it is not a commodity for sale, and second, because we live an extremely shallow culture. It seems internet media has stupefied us, rather that making us more wise. I have often used for myself Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning to think more critically and discover the truth. The wisdom of this age and of this world is not worth working for. Yet speaking of God’s wisdom is very challenging and very difficult for most people, which leads me to think that the 1 Corinthians selection for this Sunday will be very obscure for most.

This wisdom comes from the Holy Spirit. This wisdom, St. Paul says, is a gift of love. This wisdom brings discernment and clarity.

So, one wonders where this wisdom is today and who has received it? It seems to be in those closest to the earth, down with the grit and messiness of life. It is found in the children and in those most seasoned by age and life. There is no wisdom among the lawyers and politicians, and certainly not among groveling and kowtowed Republicans who have been cut off at the knees. There’s no wise world leader on the stage right now. The artists are drunk on the nihilistic narcissisms of post-modernism. A lack of trust and truth prevails in the marketplace; an enormous percentage of Amazon products are fakes.

Prayer, meditation, and contemplation are the tools in the search of this wisdom of God. It is the wisdom of Jesus in the antithetical sayings in the Gospel this and next weekend.

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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