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Wisdom Enough?

St. Ephrem the Syrian…..16th century Russian Ms.

A gem from St. Ephrem the Syrian, whose feast is today, June 9th.

Do we have enough wisdom to make our way in life? St.  Ephrem says we have more than enough. Christ, the Wisdom and Power of God, has come.

The trouble is that often we want more wisdom than we need or can take in. We want to know it all.  Drawing on God’s wisdom, St. Ephrem says, is like drinking from a great spring of water. You can only drink one mouthful at a time. The spring is never exhausted, but you can’t drink it all. That’s not the way we’re built.

But we want to know it all, and so we become dissatisfied with the wisdom we have at the moment, or we think there is nothing more to draw on.

This is not just a problem for us as individuals; we see it in our world today with all of its needs and challenges. One temptation is to throw in the towel and say we can do nothing; another is to think we can solve our problems with one sweeping action.

Keep drinking from the spring,
“What you could not take at one time because of your weakness, you will be able to take in at another if only you persevere. So do not foolishly try to drain in one draught what cannot be consumed all at once, and do not cease out of faintheartedness from what you will be able to absorb as time goes on.”