What Words Will Your Life Speak in the End?
Posted: 27 Mar 2009 12:00 AM PDT
Wis 2:1, 12-22 / Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
Who’s really “got” it? Who’s on the cutting edge? We wonder about that all the time. Am I being left behind? Am I just treading water in a tiny pond that’s already been passed by? Anxieties about our professional life, about our financial future, and about what we “bring to the table,” can torture us and make us want to die — or at least hide far, far away. In part, our questions are fair, for it’s true that at times the world is passing us by and we need to get going fast and make some course changes.
But as often as not, that is not the question. The question is deeper: What am I in myself? Can I trust in the goodness and integrity that God has helped me build? When there’s no one out there cheering me on, can I continue to press forward because I know that I have set a right course? Can I do that even in the face of ridicule or sneering silence?
Today’s reading from the Old Testament book of Wisdom reminds us that a good person’s life speaks for itself, no matter what the crowds say. It may be that, for a time, the roar of the crowd will overwhelm the quiet testimony of a good life. But if we wait till all the shouting is done, the good person’s life will speak its own words into the silence.
May you be one whose life speaks great words of wisdom, truth, and love into the silence.