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Do the Work Now

Today, in the First Reading, we encounter Wisdom. Sophia. The images of Wisdom—a strong, beautiful, resplendent woman—have always appealed to me. But I’m not particularly wise.

I spend a lot of time trying to convince people that, Yes, I am an expert who fully understands everything I have going on. I have goals and expertise and a thorough understanding of how the world works and what role I play in it.

But most of the time, it feels like someone has asked me to answer multiplication facts while I’m spinning plates, and I have never even tried to spin one plate, much less two, and I’m trying to concentrate on those not shattering while looking like a total idiot because I can’t concurrently answer 6×4 and I’m worried if I say, “Hold on while I spin these plates,” I’ll immediately drop the plates while still not being able to do mental math and that’s just embarrassing.

Not Sophia. With wisdom, we become free from these more shallow concerns. So often, my worries arise because I don’t prepare for the right outcomes. I’m not ready. I don’t think enough about it. I don’t factor in enough time. I oversleep.

Sophia is prepared. She has made the time. She has noted what’s important. Sophia embodies the wisdom to identify what is important and leave the rest behind.

What’s important? Christ. The things that are occupying my mind and keeping me from God? I need to let them drop. The concerns cluttering my brain and pulling me out of prayer? I need to let them float away.

Then I can prioritize, I can begin to embody wisdom and the wise virgins. (Matthew 25:4) Saint Paul would say these virgins awaiting the bridegroom with their lamps at the ready are alive in Christ—full of hope and not grief.

I will be at the gate when He arrives. I will surround myself with those who do the same, as the woman in Wisdom and the wise virgins do. My work will be done, and I will be at ease.

Pray for an increase in wisdom today.

Brigid Hogan is a high school English and ESL teacher who lives in northeast DC. She is passionate about Catholic social teaching and tries to live it out daily in her relationships and community. Most of her pleasures are guilty ones like television, burritos, and Twitter. Find out more about her here.

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    Debby
    November 12, 2017 at 8:23 am

    This reminds me of a chapter in my life~ I unexpectedly lost a friend in a tragic car accident and in the aftermath of grieving ~ it occurred to me she had lived her life as though she knew it was going to be short here on earth. She left behind a beautiful son and husban who were surrounded by her many friends and taken well care of~ she used to say “ life is a juggle and categorized by glass balls and rubber balls~ let the unimportant rubber balls drop , they can always be picked up later (work, self imposed commitments) and hang on to those glass balls for if we drop them, they break. (Our faith, family and friends).
    I try to live by this thinking so that I too am ready when God calls me.

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      Kristina
      November 12, 2017 at 8:44 am

      Debby that is so beautiful! She sounds like a very wise woman.

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    Penny H
    November 16, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    That is all so powerful!!
    Is there a way to find the reading and reading and responsorial from the scripture in psalms?

    Love that too!
    Thank you!

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