“A good life makes a man wise according to God” (IC 1,4,2) “[I]n every nation whoever fears [God] and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.” (Acts 10:35)

Today’s second reading (Acts 10:34-38) is the beginning of Peter’s speech in the home of Cornelius, a centurion well-respected by the Jewish people, in which Peter preaches Christ to these pagans of good will.  He lets them know that the true God is God of all and that Jesus came to save all mankind (i.e., “every nation”).  But they must fear God and act uprightly if they truly believe.

So, what Kempis says on the matter (1,4) is eminently true: wisdom comes from a good life.  Why?  Because what can show sagacity more eloquently than following God’s command to lead a good life by loving one another?  Not only does our faith in and obedience to God’s revelation put us in good standing regarding our eternal destiny but it serves to fulfill the petition in the Lord’s Prayer to make His kingdom present here and now (“thy kingdom come on earth”).

Solomon, famous for his wisdom, received this gift of the Holy Spirit (see Is 11:2) and more, in addition, than he could ever imagine, because he asked for wisdom in all humility, with no concern for self, but rather mindful only of the proper governance of God’s Chosen People (see 1 Kgs 3:1-15).  This is the model for us.  “[S]eek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.” (Mt 6:33)

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