Wisdom: 2:23-3:9 Reflection:
One of the differences between the way we see morality and the way the ancients understood it is expressed in today’s reading.
Now we see morality as a strictly private thing; a person can decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong. Everyone is responsible for what they do in their own life.
While the Old Testament people understood this, they put much more emphasis on the communal morality, i.e. was the nation as a whole obeying God, were festivals being upheld and were the judges and kings imposing proper laws.
“For power is a gift from God,” says this reading.
I wonder how many of our leaders see the power and authority as a gift from God, let alone appreciate the responsibility that goes along with it.
Pope John Paul II was quite aware of this when in his last book he wrote he said that the leaders of countries which enacted unjust laws would answer for it before God. It was not a very popular thing to say but it is church teaching.
Recently I looked at the leader of our country, Enda Kenny, and I have noticed that he has become angry and afraid looking, there is fear in his eyes.
Enda has turned his back on his Christian teaching and has taken on the mantle of secularism for political gain; it is telling on his soul.
Morality is never only personal: it is communal as well as private. We can never divorce one from the other and any attempt to do so shall only fail.
We should attempt to learn the wisdom of the ancients.