Proverbs 25-27; 1 Peter 5

Posted November 21, 2017 by Thomas Walker
Categories: Catholicism, Faith

Proverbs 26:18-19 Like a crazed archer scattering firebrands and deadly arrows is the man who deceives his neighbor and then says “I was only joking.”

I remember being told a number of times by my sons growing up after I rebuked them for some improper words or action the excuse “I was only joking.”  My reply was that if they were going to joke, they needed to use good judgment in discerning that they would be perceived as funny.  In fairness to them, I’ve tripped up on that score with my wife more than once over the years.  And that is something that can be deadly in a professional setting: witness the number of penalty flags being thrown right now for sexual harassment. “I was only joking” won’t play well in court.

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Proverbs 22-24; 1 Peter 4

Posted November 20, 2017 by Thomas Walker
Categories: Catholicism, Faith

Proverbs 22:13 The sluggard says, “A lion is outside; in the streets I might be slain.”  So this is a great example that in ancient times some things were just the same then as they are today; i.e. it can be challenging to get a teenager out of bed and ready for school.

Proverbs 19-21; 1 Peter 3

Posted November 17, 2017 by Thomas Walker
Categories: Catholicism, Faith

Proverbs 21:9 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop than in a roomy house with a quarrelsome woman.

That’s just funny, I don’t care who you are.  It would be interesting to have given the women of the time a chance to respond with some of their own proverbs, e.g, “Better to go to the market yourself, than send your husband with a mental list.” Personally I consider myself fortunate to not only dwell in a roomy house, but with a marvelous woman; together we are working on 38 years of marriage.  As time goes on something that didn’t occur to us when we got married but becomes an increasingly important priority is getting each other to Heaven.

Proverbs 16-18; 1 Peter 2

Posted November 16, 2017 by Thomas Walker
Categories: Catholicism, Faith

1 Peter 2:19-25 For whenever anyone bears the pain of unjust suffering because of consciousness of God, that is a grace. But what credit is there if you are patient when beaten for doing wrong? But if you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good, this is a grace before God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When he was insulted, he returned no insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten; instead, he handed himself over to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you had gone astray like sheep, but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

 It’s worth reflecting a moment on the author of these words, who was a betrayer of Jesus. Peter struggled with suffering, even after the Resurrection (Quo vadis?)  But the intensity of the love and gratitude he must have felt at the words “By his wounds you have been healed”, having been so healed himself.

How especially difficult it is to bear what we perceive as unjust suffering.  It goes against our human nature.  But it can lead to the greatest grace.

Proverbs 13-15; 1 Peter 1

Posted November 14, 2017 by Thomas Walker
Categories: Catholicism, Faith

Proverbs 15:16 Better a little with fear of the Lord than a great fortune with anxiety.

Woody Allen would probably tell us to take the fortune and the anxiety, but whether living with little or much it’s good to live in fear (awe) of the Lord.  Not talking fear of punishment, but of a sense of wonder at the mystery of our being and gratitude for it.  It’s good to feel some astonishment that we exist and are infinitely loved.

Proverbs 10-12; James 5

Posted November 10, 2017 by Thomas Walker
Categories: Catholicism, Faith

Proverbs  11:22 Like a golden ring in a swine’s snout, is a beautiful woman with a rebellious disposition.

Yes, the wisdom of King Solomon; with over 700 wives, they were likely all beautiful – him being the king and all – and by the law of large numbers a certain percentage undoubtedly had rebellious dispositions.  Some of those wives probably had proverbs about him: “Like a toilet with the seat left up, is a clueless king who doesn’t listen to a damn word you say” or something like that.  What a great reality show that would have been, “The Wives of King Solomon”…just sayin’.

Proverbs 7-9; James 4

Posted November 9, 2017 by Thomas Walker
Categories: Catholicism, Faith

James 4:13-15 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we shall go into such and such a town, spend a year there doing business, and make a profit”—you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow. You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears. Instead you should say, “If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that.”

A slap-in-the-face warning from Saint James about the danger of presumption.  And reason to pray with intensity to the Father, “Give us this day, our daily bread” and be grateful for each and every day we have the opportunity to give Him glory.