Jesus is the way to God. With Jesus all things are possible.
When sacred scripture speak of wisdom, it does so with the understanding of wisdom being the knowledge of what is of value in our lives as well as the absolute trust in a "God of the impossible."
The Scriptures are filled with stories of God working wonders in situations that appeared to be dead-ended. The person of Jesus is God's wisdom in-fleshed. We see in the Gospel stories Jesus always inviting and challenging people to be more than what they thought they could be, that life can be different and better.
Jesus is the way to God. With Jesus all things are possible. Jesus levels all walls. The "no exits" of life and boldly proclaims that God wants more from all of us. His way out requires something from us. It requires, first of all, humility of spirit that admits that we do not have all the answers and with us letting go of the arrogance and control we so desperately reach for. It requires us to trust in God who is bigger than our imaginations, a God "whose ways are not our ways". It requires us to count the cost of this wisdom, how it may change alter us and our relationships. This wisdom demands faith.
The first reading speaks of wisdom. It is a wisdom that is far more valuable than anything this world can offer. The one who finds wisdom cannot be bought by any other value.
The readings this Sunday challenge all of us to reflect on our lives, our priorities and to consider the invitation that was made to the rich young man and made to each of us who bear the name Christian, to weigh carefully the consequences of that invitation and finally to place all our hope, all our trust and all our love in the one who invites us.
Points to Pray and Ponder: We are invited to reflect and ponder on our priorities. What is important? What is of value and what will last? Hope you take this invitation.