Tuesday 15 July 2014

Thursday of Week 22 Year 2

Some of us make lots of effort to pursue academic qualifications here on earth. Perhaps we may start with a diploma or a certificate in some area of interest, then we may pursue a degree or an honours degree. Those of us who have the opportunity and the ability may go even higher and pursue a masters degree or even a doctorate in some area of specialisation. For some of us, the present qualifications we have may not be enough or we feel we can achieve more. However, are all these qualifications on earth all that matters? Can we know everything there is to be known about a particular area of specialisation? Certainly not. There are still so many things which are not known. Our minds are able to retain up till a certain amount, and then we may begin to forget other things. Can any of us honestly claim to be able to know and retain such knowledge indefinitely?

In today's reading, St. Paul reminds us: "Make no mistake about it: if any one of you thinks of himself as wise, in the ordinary sense of the word, then he must learn to be a fool before he really can be wise. Why? Because the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As scripture says: The Lord knows wise men’s thoughts: he knows how useless they are; or again: God is not convinced by the arguments of the wise. So there is nothing to boast about in anything human..."

All the knowledge in this world only gives us a glimpse of the majesty and omnipotence of God. When we think we know much, some of us may begin to feel proud, thinking that we can go our own way without God. But as St. Paul says, the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. Whatever we learn and know is only temporary, and one day we may either forget, or something else may render what we know obsolete or useless. Instead, let us learn what God expects of us, since the knowledge we glean from Him will help us grow closer to Him. Are we willing and humble enough to learn from Him, and let Him be our guide?

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