Wisdom cries out in the street;
in the squares she raises her voice. (Prov 1:20)
Like me, you might feel that Wisdom will need to be pretty loud to get attention at the moment. Sadly, Fear & Ignorance seem to be dominant voices in the public arena. If we pursue the metaphor, ‘What is Wisdom saying?’ and ‘Who is listening?’ In the tradition, Wisdom is another name for the Holy Spirit, who according to the Gospel of John will guide us ‘into all the truth’ (John 16:13). This truth is about the fullness of life, love and community to which God calls us all. Listening would need to be attentive, prayerful and shut out the voices that lead us away from our full lives in community.
A principal role we can play with young people is to talk about current events from a faith viewpoint. We need to resist the urge to talk politics. Rather, we need to explore right and wrong, as well as compassion, mercy and forgiveness. And, importantly, what decisions will lead our community to a fullness of life and love. Not easy, but important!
Have a great week!
Hi Pat, given your important role as educators of young people it’s so critical to tune them into the voice of the world but screened through love of God with a sharp and discerning lens of hope, compassion and justice.
I completely agree, Maree!