Homily: The Way of Wisdom
Today’s first reading from the book of proverbs is very profound. It reads, in part:
“Wisdom has built her house; yes, she has spread her table.
She calls from the heights out over the city: ‘Let whoever is simple turn in here.’
To the one who lacks understanding she says, ‘Forsake foolishness that you may live;
Advance in the way of understanding.’
Our second reading also speaks of wisdom. It says:
“Brothers and sisters, Watch carefully how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise, making the most of the opportunity. Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.”
There is a Buddhist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “Maybe,” the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed. “Maybe,” replied the old man.
The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. “Maybe,” answered the farmer.
The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. And the farmer replied ….. well, I think you know.