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.


  1. terri parsons

    Mon 20th Aug 2012 at 2:57 pm

    This is so on target for me and my family right now. So many changes of late and how we deal with them really does depend on our perspective. Thanks as always Fr. Metzler. See you Sunday.

    • Father Metzler

      Mon 20th Aug 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks for your kind words.

      I hope everyone is healing O.K., broken bones and all. i did not become aware until later that Jim’s call to me on my birthday was made from his hospital room.

      I am praying for all of you.


      Fr. M.

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