Support the Café
Search our site

Speaking to the Soul: The Worth of Wisdom

Speaking to the Soul: The Worth of Wisdom

Week of Proper 2, Year Two

[Go to Mission St Clare for an online version of the Daily Office including today’s scripture readings.]

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office:

Psalms 1, 2, 3 (morning) // 4, 5 (evening)

Proverbs 3:11-20

1 John 3:18-4:6

Matthew 11:1-6

One of the students in my late medieval history class this year was a business major, who decided to take a history class during his last semester of college. Several business-school behaviors made him conspicuous among a sea of humanities majors: He took time to introduce himself and shake my hand at the beginning of the semester, he always sat in the front row, he asked in advance about the format of tests, and he turned in his papers with fancy cover-sheets. (Even history majors who receive excellent grades tend to sit in the back half of the room, sometimes silently. I guess that’s the ethos of our discipline!)

I thought of this student today when reading our passage from Proverbs. As a business student with a determined attitude, he’s likely to have a prosperous career. But he also has an interest in learning that might even deepen his joy in life. As the Scripture says, “Happy are those who find wisdom, and those who get understanding, for her income is better than silver, and her revenue better than gold.”

There’s a lot of chatter during this season of graduations about the economic value (or lack thereof) of a college degree. An even better conversation might address what paths will bring us life-giving wisdom rather than income-generating certifications. What combination of experience and reflection, of curiosity and focus, will bring us joy, heath, and peace? That’s the curriculum we should be searching for and promoting to one another.

Lora Walsh blogs about taking risks and seeking grace at A Daily Scandal. She serves as Priest Associate of Grace Episcopal Church in Siloam Springs and assists with adult formation and campus ministry at St. Paul’s in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

Facebooktwitterrss
Support the Café
Past Posts
2020_012
2020_013_B
2020_013_A

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café