“For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; because of her pureness, she pervades and penetrates all things. For she is a breath of the power of God, and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her” (Wisdom 7:24-26).
Today’s first reading perfectly describes the essence of spiritual wisdom as against worldly wisdom. Wisdom here implies holiness in relating with God, beneficent and humane in relating with people. As the book of wisdom says, to be wise is to be unpolluted by immoral thoughts and sensual desires.
Wisdom is spotless and undefiled by worldly corruption. For God loves nothing so much as the man who lives with wisdom. When your heart is pure, God comes to dwell there making your heart another heaven. How happy is the man who has God living right inside his heart! He is always at peace, always happy and always thankful.
To be wise is to live grateful for the past, confident for the present and free of anxiety about the future. When we have God within us, what have we to fear? This is the point Jesus makes to the Pharisees in our Gospel passage who asked about the coming of the kingdom of God.
Whenever something weird happens, you hear people say things like “end time has come”, but as Jesus makes very clear today: “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed.” True to Jesus’ prediction, many prophets have arisen with various claims in an attempt to gain popularity or gather followers. Jesus warns us: “Do not go, do not follow them.”
In truth, as Jesus says: “The kingdom of God is in your midst.” The kingdom of God is what happens when I make my heart pure enough for God to dwell. The kingdom of God is when I allow God to reign in my life; when I follow His commandments when I walk according to His statutes.
The kingdom of God is when I love my neighbours as myself and allow this love spread. The kingdom of God is me helping the poor and needy, treating people just as I expect to be treated. Remember that song: “the time to be happy is now, the place to be happy is here and the way to be happy is to make someone happy and we’ll have a little heaven down here.”
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, make me wiser each day. Amen.
Bible Study: Wisdom 7:22-8:1, Psalm 119 and Luke 17:20-25).