Two Roads: Master or Disaster

There are two roads. One ends in disaster, the other in a masterpiece of a life.

Everyone longs to live a good life.

Only at the end of a person’s life will they know if they have succeeded. The secret to a life well lived is wisdom. Again and again, the Bible encourages and commands us to seek out wisdom as the necessary ingredient for a life that is a masterpiece. So few people choose to live a masterpiece because too few choose wisdom.

Homily from the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

If we knew the future, very few of us would make foolish decisions. But very few of us make decisions in the first place. Many people prefer to be carried along by other peoples’ decisions and by the circumstances of life. But wise people make decisions. And they make these wise decisions without knowing the future. Instead, they look at their past, their present, and where they would like to end up. And then they choose. This choice does not have to be a leap…sometimes it is just a step.

Mass Readings from February 26, 2017:
Isaiah 49:14-15
Psalm 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Matthew 6:24-34
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Homily from the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

If a person is going to craft a life through wisdom, then they will need to find a master craftsman. It is this apprenticeship that helps a person become wise. Whenever it is crucial that a person becomes wise, they always discover someone who can show them how to live wisely. Every excellent life passes through wisdom…and knowledge becomes wisdom through relationship.

Mass Readings from February 19, 2017:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13
1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Matthew 5:38-48
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Homily from the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

An external guide can be helpful and, at times, necessary. But we are called to move beyond the external boundaries to an internal freedom. By choosing the good, we become more and more free to choose the good. By choosing wisdom, we become wise.

Mass Readings from February 12, 2017:
Sirach 15:15-20
Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34
1 Corinthians 2:6-10
Matthew 5:17-37
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Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

If salt loses its taste, it is no longer salt. It has lost something that is un-losable. In the process of becoming wise and crafting a masterpiece, there are a number of important elements. Wisdom requires vision, experience, and memory. But there is one more element that is essential to wisdom…and we have lost it.

Mass Readings from February 5, 2017:
Isaiah 58:7-10
Psalm 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Matthew 5:13-16
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Homily from the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

With every passing moment, we are choosing what kind of life we will have lived. God wills for us to choose to live wisely. A person with wisdom has competence and character; they know the right thing to do in any situation and they have the ability to do the right thing in any situation. A fool is the person who either acts without knowing…or knows without acting.

Mass Readings from January 29, 2017:
Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13
Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Matthew 5:1-12
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Catholic Quotes about Wisdom

These quotes are from the homilies and Bible Studies in this series.

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