Applying the test of wisdom PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 August 2017 13:54

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

The first reading for the mass on Sunday July 30 described how Solomon, who was chosen at a young age to rule over the Jewish people, asked God for an understanding mind to discern between good and evil to help him in governing his people. “Understanding mind” here is more commonly thought of as wisdom which the Bible dictionary in google describes as “a way of thinking and conduct that is orderly, socially sensitive, and morally upright”.

The reading led me to reflect on wisdom as a trait of those we have  elected  as leaders of our country. I realize of course that we cast our ballots for them not as candidates for beatification or canonization but as candidates to lead us,  to  govern local or national affairs for the good of the people. How much wisdom have they demonstrated?

Have the decisions of our local and national  leaders shown thinking that is “orderly, socially sensitive and morally upright”?  On the national level, the President’s decision on the case of Supt. Marvin Marcos is an example that we can consider under this light.. Or the police operation in Ozamiz in which 15  members of one family were killed. Locally, there is now the issue of the lease of the  Puericulture property in La Purisima St. to a fast food chain.

I am not insinuating here that corruption in these cases was considered from the start. I have no reliable information either way for any of these. Rather I would ask the Reader if they think the  principal actors in these cases applied “orderly, socially sensitive and morally upright” thinking in the  planning process.

It would be good to remember, in humility, that we do  not become wise on our own,  if we ever do become wise. We become wise when we ask God for the grace to be wise, and when we  cooperate  with His grace. Like all virtues, wisdom must be pursued. It  does not simply fall on us like rain from heaven. It is said that wisdom grows in us as a result of our experiences and our reflection on these experiences in the light of God’s commandments.

When a  decision affects  the life of many, as decisions of leaders usually do, it is imperative that  orderly thinking is brought into the decision making process and the decision is looked at from the perspective of what is the greater good for the many and from the perspective of its  adherence  to God’s commandments.

So the question is asked: How many of our leaders have demonstrated wisdom in carrying out their duties?