All of today’s readings are about one thing; Wisdom! Our first reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 48:17-19) tells us that ‘the Lord, your God, teaches you what is for your good, and leads you on the way you should go.’ That defines wisdom. Do you listen and obey what God has told you is for your good? That’s wisdom! Our Responsorial Psalm, Psalm 1, tells us much the same thing. “Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked…but delights in the law of the Lord… He is like a tree planted near running water that yields its fruit in due season. Whatever he does prospers…” This language is pretty clear. Wisdom dictates that we follow the law of the Lord for he teaches us what is for our good. In today’s gospel reading (Matthew 11:16-19), Jesus calls out the Pharisees because they criticized John the Baptist, and criticized Jesus, even though they were both acting for God, and using the wisdom that God gave them. The Pharisees were too blind to see that. Jesus tells us that ‘Wisdom is vindicated by her works.” He is telling us that, whether people approve or disapprove of our actions, the actions speak for themselves when we act in the Wisdom of God.
In today’s society everything is upside down! What is wrong is considered right, and what is right and good is considered wrong. But if you have the Wisdom of God in you, you’ll see the Truth (God’s TRUTH has a capital “T”), and you’ll know what is good and right for you because God will reveal his Truth to your heart. Then your actions will make it obvious that you are acting in wisdom.
So….. Do you have wisdom??