Ecclesiasticus 6:5-17 Reflection:
Ecclesiasticus is full of sound advice for living. Today the author speaks of the different kinds of friends and how we should test out friendships and not jump in too quick too soon.
What we really have in this first reading is a lesson in prudence. Prudence is waiting on God to reveal his will rather than us rushing in and working on our emotions.
Being driven by emotions causes us so many problems. We all have the desire to be liked and loved and often we throw caution to the wind and end up making a fool of ourselves.
While being afraid to risk anything is not good and shows that we are operating out of fear, too much haste in friendship is not good either.
What really amazes me is that human nature never seems to change; in this past 3000 years we appear to have learned nothing. The author of Ecclesiasticus could come back today and see the same problems in people's lives.
The cardinal virtues of justice, temperance, fortitude and prudence may sound out of date but they are anything but it. They are still a sure foundation for a happy life.