James 3:13-18; Psalm 19:8,9,10,15; Mark 9:14-29
THE WISDOM FROM ABOVE VS THE WISDOM FROM BELOW
In the world is this tension between the wisdom from above and the wisdom from below. Their presence is felt through the fruits that they yield.
▪The apostle James challenges us to show our wisdom and understanding through actions. The fruit of the wisdom from above is marked with good life expressed in humility. The wisdom from below is demonic and unspiritual. This is why wherever this kind of wisdom is present, the following will be present: jealousy, selfish ambitions, disorders and foul practices.
▪If what the Psalmist said is true that “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul; the decree of the Lord is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple,”
why are we struggling heavily under disorders and foul practices? It is because we combine both the wisdom from above, by identifying ourselves as children of God; but controlled by the unspiritual wisdom of this world.
▪Driven by the wisdom of the world, we work harder to achieve great results where God is sidelined. We are in an era where success can be achieved at all costs. What matters most to the world is the result and not the means to the results. People kill others, cheat, destroy other people’s chances, betray the trust of others and consider themselves wise. This selfish attitudes cause disorders in our societies.
▪When the child possessed by the demons was brought to the disciples, they were unable to cast the demon out. Why? They were guided by the wisdom from below. When the wisdom from above came down, the demon departed. We cannot defeat the challenges we face in the world with the same wisdom of the world. We must apply higher wisdom to overcome the world. This wisdom comes from prayer and faith in God.
▪Dear friend, if our actions lead to disorder where there is peace, we are unspiritually controlled by the wisdom of the world. If our words do not lead others into wisdom and growth, we have to change for good. If we deceive people, remember that it is because we are weak in sincerity and not because we are smart. May God help us to grow in greater wisdom. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
Let whatever you will do this week inspire someone to do something good. Only through this will the wisdom from above overcome the darkness of the world.
May God bless us this week with wisdom
Fr Joseph Chukwugozie Ikegbunam
Blessed Sacrament Parish Stowe and Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish Morrisville, Vermont, USA