Wisdom 1:1-7 Reflection:
I noticed something today that I have never noticed before: the first line of the book of Wisdom is a call for judges in our society to “Love virtue, you who are judges on earth, let honesty prompt your thinking about the Lord.”
The book of Wisdom was the last book of the Old Testament to be written. It was completed within the 50years prior to the birth of Jesus and this is why it is never quoted in the New Testament. It was not yet accepted as a book of the bible.
We are called to seek God with simplicity of heart, since he is found by those who do not put him to the test.
Judges are people who put the law into practice. When we have corrupt judges and a legal system that is used to suit men’s needs rather than God’s then it is very easy for those with their own agenda to force through changes.
The problem for humanity is that when we leave God’s law behind then we have no moral compass from which to work. In these circumstances the work is left to judges to interpret the law; it is a heavy responsibility.
What happens when we make the law ‘relative’ or say that each person can do what is right for them as long as it does not interfere with another?
We invariably end up in confusion. We end up with laws that are applied harshly to one section of the community, usually the poor, while the rest of society sees such laws as an inconvenience.
The law becomes ever more complex as people fight for their ‘rights’ which often mean that they want to make their own morals. In the end the whole thing becomes a farce.
Such is the wisdom of men!