Two previous posts find relevance in this Sunday’s First Reading from the Wisdom of Solomon 1:16-2:1, 12-22 and the overall domain’s theme of transformation. The two were titled: “Place Importance on the Things that Matter” and “Work Towards Something Meaningful”. They too are listed in the 10 Commandments for Happiness.
If, as we noted in the last post, we find the purpose in life, we need to stick with it, no matter what. That something which matters; that something meaningful, is the life purpose. Quite often, even when people have found and had it, they drift away, mostly because of external circumstances.
Wisdom of Solomon was actually written, not by Solomon, but by a Diaspora Jew during the Greco-Roman era, in the latter first century BCE or early first century CE. Hellenism was at its height. Jewish faith and principles were severely tested. Judaism was mocked and scoffed
The message of Wisdom of Solomon was intended to encourage and reassure those under pressure, to stay steadfast, to stay the course. Actually the text for this Sunday even employs the diatribe technique of argumentative exchanges with fictional adversaries – a technique recently employed by Clint Eastwood.
There are some who may be feeling that they are in a diaspora because of the external circumstances in today’s society: Individualism in opposition to community; consumerism and exploitation of earth’s resources without regard for future generations are just examples.
The Collect powerfully sums up the whole message in these words: “Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly (spiritual, in my own words); and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure…”