Ordinary Time, 17th Sunday (A) Young Solomon has just become king. God offers to give him one gift. What would you ask for? Success in war, fabulous wealth, a peaceful kingdom, popularity? King Solomon, however, asks for a wise and understanding heart.

Nowadays, there is an abundance of information but a critical shortage of wisdom. Our elders seem less wise and the young don't make time to listen to them. If you want to become wise, where do you start?

The first step of wisdom is realizing I'm not very wise. Being honest about my need for wisdom is the place to start searching. What are the things we have pursued that turned out not to be true treasure? Where have we found true treasure? Take time to sort things in your life. Throw out the bad fish and keep the good ones. Wisdom, at its deepest level, is seeing things as God sees them and loving what God loves. Draw close to God and you will become truly wise.

(30 July 2023)

Going Deeper: Ask for the gift of a wise and understanding heart.

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