The first reading at Mass on Sunday, the 17th Sunday of the Year, speaks of a sharing of wisdom by God. Solomon asks for and, by God’s gift, shares in the wisdom of God:
The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, ‘Ask what you would like me to give you.’ Solomon replied, ‘O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in succession to David my father. But I am a very young man, unskilled in leadership. Your servant finds himself in the midst of this people of yours that you have chosen, a people so many its number cannot be counted or reckoned. Give your servant a heart to understand how to discern between good and evil, for who could govern this people of yours that is so great?’
It pleased the Lord that Solomon should have asked for this. ‘Since you have asked for this’ the Lord said ‘and not asked for long life for yourself or riches or the lives of your enemies, but have asked for a discerning judgement for yourself, here and now I do what you ask. I give you a heart wise and shrewd as none before you has had and none will have after you.’
1 Kings 3:5,7-12
- What are some of the differences between God’s wisdom and Man’s?
- When did you last find it necessary to decide whether something was good and evil?
- Who do you think of as wise? And why?
Image of Dove of Peace (Marble inlay), Basilica of St Mary Major’s, Rome.
Photograph (c) Allen Morris, 2005