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Sources of Wisdom

Monday, September 2, 2013

Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

“Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.” (Luke 4:24)

How often do I discount the wisdom of the modern-day prophets God places in my path? We live in an age where facts, evidence, indisputable proof and science reign supreme. We want peer-reviewed journal documentation, scientific, double-blind studies and experts in the field to weigh in prior to our willingness to accept recommendations.


Yet, sometimes the best insights surface at the communal coffee table on an hourly basis. So why am I willing to trust the total stranger but ignore the wisdom of the people who journey with me daily? I find myself, more often than I like, uttering the phrases, “It’s not that I don’t trust you, I just need to verify this information,” or “I need to reflect on this and get back to you.” This, in all honesty, is really code for, “I think you are a blooming idiot, and I’m going to take the time to prove it.”


When I truly pause to listen, I’m amazed at the collective wisdom of my colleagues, friends and family members. They are often someone else’s expert, so maybe I should listen carefully and find the prophetic wisdom in their words.



grant me the ability to remove the blinders from my eyes

to see the wisdom You put in front of me daily.

Open my ears to hear Your voice in the words of the people

who proclaim Your wisdom and the knowledge that in all things,

the Holy Spirit will guide us in Your great works. Amen.

Kara Payer
Vice President Mission Services, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital

1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-18 ● PSALM 96:1 AND 3, 4-5, 11-12, 13 ● LUKE 4:16-30

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