Our weekend readings present us with the story of Solomon’s prayer to God asking for wisdom. Worldly wisdom can be seen as making a correct choice when there are many options placed in front of us. We might call someone wise because they think before they act or we might describe a person who is knowledgeable about a certain topic wise because of their experience. There are many ways to describe a wise person in a secular sense but in a religious sense wisdom is described as: “The grace of being able to see everything with the eyes of God.” These are the words of Pope Francis from a Wednesday audience in April.
What does it mean to see everything with the eyes of God? From time to time we see things through a filter. Sometimes it is through the filter of jealousy, sometimes through love, or sometimes through a grudge. Wisdom urges us to hear things with God’s ears, it urges us to love with God’s heart, and for parents, it urges you to direct things with God’s judgment. Pope Francis used the example of a parent trying to correct a little one. He said that simply scolding a child and giving a punishment is not acting wisely because it lacks love. A better way to correct a little one is to explain in a very patient way why a certain action is hurtful or harmful. Wisdom gives us a bigger perspective than the here and now because it directs us towards God. Our Lady, seat of Wisdom, pray for us.