Psalm 37:3-6, 32-33
In the calendar of the church we remember today a fourth-century Bishop, Gregory of Nazianzus, which is modern-day southern Turkey. (1) Gregory, a faithful pastor, was known to be wise. In the scriptures, wisdom is the gift extolled above all others for how to make meaning of life. In our first lesson today, from The Book of Wisdom, we hear: “I preferred [wisdom] to scepters and thrones, and I accounted wealth as nothing in comparison with [wisdom].” Wisdom gives the highest yield in life. Wisdom is a deep knowledge, more than simply clicking onto information. As you well know, you can browse through an almost-infinite stream of facts and stats about life, an endless array of “horizontal information,” surfing life only at the surface. None of this automatically translates into wisdom.