Inside the Houses of Wisdom and Folly (Wed. March 31)

The word of the day is “folly.”  Yesterday, we heard Wisdom’s summons to her banquet.  Today, in our reading of Proverbs 9:12-18, we hear a corresponding invitation of a foolish woman.  This woman whom we will call “Folly,” calls out to all who pass by, “Whoever is simple let him turn in here” (NKJV vs. 16).  Today we will contrast the appeals of these two representatives of wisdom and foolishness and the consequences of answering each. The Enticements of Wisdom and Folly Both Wisdom and Folly offer enticements to visit them.  Wisdom sends out her maidens with the invitation to “turn aside to me” (OSB 9:4.   Likewise, Folly sits at the highest places of the city  and cries out with…

Three Ways of Closing Our Ears to Wisdom and How to Open Them (Tues. March 16)

The word of the day is “reject.”  Many think that the ways of God are hidden and only known to a select few who have the time and resources to probe into them.  However, in our reading of Proverbs 1:20-33, we hear Wisdom herself speaking in urgent cries in every public place.  Thus, we read, “Wisdom sings in the streets.  She moves boldly in the squares.  She preaches on high city walls.  And sits at the gates of lords.  At the gates of a city, she boldly says…” (vs. 20-21).  But do we hear her when she calls to us?  Today’s reading describes several ways of closing our ears to the teaching of Wisdom and the corresponding ways of opening…