Our lesson from the Book of Wisdom is about just that: wisdom. Throughout the scriptures, the virtue and gift of wisdom is extolled again and again, many hundreds of times. Curiously, the source of wisdom is what the Scriptures call “the fear of God.” This is not fear as in a dreadful foreboding; it’s not about fright but about glory. Of our being filled with awe, i.e., the awefulness of God. It is a sense of reverence for God the Almighty, the Creator and Sustainer of all life, and yet the One who knows and loves even us, called “children of God.” Wisdom has its source in God, and we have access to wisdom when we acknowledge that we are not our own god, when we are awe-filled with the recognition that we have something to learn from God about how to make meaning of this life.