Wednesday, April 6, 2011
SOAP - Week 2: Sirach
SOAP - 1) Scripture Verse 2) Observation 3) Application 4) Prayer
S - "Among wisdom's treasures is the paragon of prudence; but fear of the Lord is an abomination to the sinner." Sirach 1:22
O - In order to be truly wise we have an great model of one who 1) has the ability to govern and discipline themselves by the use of reason 2) has sagacity or shrewdness in the management of affairs 3) has skill and good judgement in the use of resources 4) and uses caution or circumspection as to danger or risk. The ultimate model is found in the God-man himself, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Christ used much prudence in leading his disciples to truth and did not require technology to begin his life long Church which would guide humanity through out all time. Today, we are spoiled in comparison by being able to accomplish much in a short amount of time with the use of technology. We need good leaders who will direct others to unite in virtuous causes to bring about a just society like Christ envisioned. We do not need leaders who will take the lives of others for their own political purposes or get us involved in frivolous affairs. It is bad when leaders see virtuous means as an abomination and clam up to pretend they are nuetral. We need leaders who communicate with transparency.
A - We should try to spend our time wisely by attaining mostly that which we need and tithing as a means to serve the poor. I believe it would be beneficial for every well off family to adopt a poor family to communicate with and help out. Large service projects directed by bigger entities can do this but an individual family also can have a profound direct impact in teaching and influencing those others who need it. It would create a bond and unity among members of society that is honored and long lasting. We should also try to use technology to spread the Good News given to us by Jesus Christ. It is in thanksgiving and praise that we become virtuous and spread the message of love.
P - I pray that all mothers who care for their families can become beneficial influences in society as they live out true humility in search of wisdom and that others who see their lives as useless (an abomination) can no longer belittle them nor prevent them from spreading their love for the benefit of others.