We begin a brand new series this week that we are calling Foolproof. In this series, we’ll take a walk through the book of Proverbs in the Bible. You may ask, what is a Proverb? It is simply a wise saying. The book of Proverbs is the central wisdom book of the Old Testament. Like the book of the Psalms, it is a “collection of collections.” The individual proverbs were composed by several authors, but predominantly by King Solomon but also by two other men mentioned as Agur and Lemuel over a period of time and finally collected into a single book. The Proverbs are too often neglected by Christians today, but they are also too often misunderstood. We shall try to throw some light on the book as it applies to our daily lives so as to help us navigate through life.
The purpose of the book is to show the reader how to live life wisely or skillfully and be “fool proof.” As a matter of fact, the entire structure of the book is arranged to carry out this purpose. In the introduction (1:1-7), the title, purpose and motto of the book are clearly spelled out. Beginning in (1:8), there are ten consecutive exhortations or homilies that can well be called the theology of the two ways: the way of wisdom and the way of folly.
The book of Proverbs helps us to make wise decisions in all we do in life. We encourage you to read the book of Proverbs through the period of this series; it is not only a source of wisdom but also a source of encouragement.
Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Trinity. The doctrine and theology of the Trinity is a mystery which defies all forms of mathematical and logical calculations. The term “Trinity” itself is not mentioned anywhere in the Bible. However, Christ instructed us: “Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). Hence, the Church teaches us that: “[T]he divine persons are relative to one another . . . . [T]he real distinction of the persons from one another resides solely in the relationships which relate them to one another . . . . [B]ecause of the unity, the Father is wholly in the Son and wholly in the Spirit.
We are invited to contemplate the unity of the Trinity in our lives. We must learn to remain united in faith and in our day- to-day life using the wisdom that comes from God. Just as the Father and the Son and the Spirit, though different in personality and essence yet are united in an unbreakable bond of love, we too should imitate them in our families and our parish community. Let the wisdom of God lead us to an authentic understanding of the Trinity and make us “Foolproof.”
--Father Celestine Tyowua, Parochial Vicar
Father Roger Gustafson