"All wisdom comes from the Lord." Sir 1:1
Rarely do we associate wisdom with the young since wisdom usually emerges in people who have had a great deal of experiene and are willing to use that experience to discern how to exist and prosper in difficult times.
These days, however, even those we expect to be wise, like bishops, are found wanting since wisdom did not seem to impact their decisions when faced with sexual abuse among their clergy. Rather, to their shame and ours, they protected the institutions of the church before attending to abused young people and children. Who then, if not the bishops and their advisors, do we look to for wisdom.?
The book of Sirach suggests that only God is wise and if we want to be wise at any age, we need to be close to God and God's desire for the world so clearly expressed in the Gosepl. It is not so much that God inserts wisdom into us like an injection, but that nearness to God fills us with the strength to do the right thing for the right reason.
Today, ask the Lord to draw you close, no matter your age.
Who do you most admire for their wise choices and counsel?