From Wisdom 7:7-12:
"Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me;
I called on God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
I preferred her to sceptres and thrones,
and I accounted wealth as nothing in comparison with her.
Neither did I liken to her any priceless gem,
because all gold is but a little sand in her sight,
and silver will be accounted as clay before her.
I loved her more than health and beauty,
and I chose to have her rather than light,
because her radiance never ceases.
All good things came to me along with her,
and in her hands uncounted wealth.
I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom leads them;
but I did not know that she was their mother."
"Did we come here to laugh or cry? Are we dying or being born?" -- Terra Nostra by Carlos Fuentes
THESE DAYS (and nights), i'm reading the passages from the book of Wisdom again, partly because of our Catholic calendar of readings. How the words stirred my heart over and over again!
Interesting that Bonaventure (and Francis?) had once been deeply immersed in Wisdom literature. So was the writer of the gospel of John. So was JMT. Listening to his Wisdom CD one or two nights ago, i suddenly saw the light. So, this song is from this part of the bible (Proverbs, Wisdom, Sirach, etc.) and that song is from another part! The songs, which sounded quite strange earlier, somehow began to sound heavenly. Ah so, this is what they mean...
i truly thank GOD that i've been given this precious and rare gift -- for loving learning so ardently, for loving wisdom (i hope, and not just knowledge), and for loving all things sublime.
It's funny how some friends and relatives simply could not understand why on earth i would want to go for further studies. "Would studying more bring you more money?" one asked. "Would you be able to find a job when you come back from your studies?" another asked. "Most jobs don't need a doctoral degree," yet another pointed out. "In fact, a doctoral degree could be a handicap."
Recently, the local papers quoted a top model for citing Health, Fame and Fortune as the key ingredients for happiness (for her). i couldn't help thinking, "How differently each one of us think! How thankful i am that my happiness lies more in reading a great book, in attending an illuminating lesson, or in an insightful debate!"
Would further studies open or close more doors? Only God knows. i just can't wait to start discerning (sigh! my appointment is sometime next year, and even then...) and God willing, to begin my odssey with Wisdom.
From tomorrow's reflection in Living Faith by Terri Mifek:
"Now I, in turn, give him to the Lord; as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the Lord." -- 1 Samuel 1:28
"Hannah's prayers were answered, despite her apparent sterility, when she gave birth to Samuel, the child she had desired with all her heart. We can only imagine how difficult it was for her to keep her promise and hand her three-year-old son over to Eli, the high priest, so that the boy might serve the Lord.
"Hannah had no idea that her son would someday also fulfill Israel's need for a prophet to bring the word of the Lord to the people. Nor could she have imagined that through Samuel, God would anoint David king and establish a royal dynasty.
"When we are faced with letting go of the people and things we cherish most, we have no idea what good might come out of our loss. While grieving is appropriate and healthy, we must not lose hope that what looks like an ending is really only the beginning of a new chapter in the history of our salvation."