The beginning of wisdom is the most
sincere desire for instruction,
and concern for instruction is love of her,
and love of her is the keeping of her laws,
and giving heed to her laws is
assurance of immortality,
and immortality brings one near to God;
so the desire for wisdom leads to a kingdom.
(Church in Wales Lectionary from the New Revised Standard Version)
What is this all about? Well the Book of Wisdom, written as though by Solomon, offers advice as well as prophecies about the coming of Jesus, to kings, magistrates, as well as to ordinary people. It teaches that wisdom comes from God and that we become wise through prayer and living a good life. In the passage above, wisdom is treated as though it were a person!
Today is Remembrance Sunday in Britain, when we remember those who have died or been injured in war. The most important thing is that we learn wisdom from what has happened. The seeds of aggression and war start with each one of us - with impatience, arrogance, selfishness - these are a few things that come to mind, and you can probably think of more.
Peace is not an easy option, but Wisdom teaches us that each one of us should try to live God's way of peace.
You know our weaknesses and faults,
forgive us the mistakes we make
whether because we are thoughtless,
or deliberately take the wrong path.
Teach us to choose the path of peace
in our daily lives
with our family and our friends.