From our Vicar
Warm greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!!
The month of June heralds the arrival of the monsoon and the new academic year. As soon as we hear the name ‘June’, the picture that comes to our minds would be the children joyfully going to school on rainy days sharing one umbrella, no doubt, it is nice to see children playing in the rain as they are going to school and coming back home. Hopefully the new academic year will start on the first week of June itself, and our children are getting ready to go to school. Therefore I would like to share a few thoughts about the difference between Knowledge and wisdom in Biblical perspective, this month. If anyone asks which is important, Wisdom or Knowledge, it would be difficult to answer, because very often we use these two terms interchangeably, but in an in-depth analysis we can understand that there is great difference between these two terms. T.S Eliot wrote “…Where is the wisdom, we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” Here the poet is trying to say that humanity is losing something of great value along with our technological advancement.
As per The Oxford dictionary, the meaning of the word ‘Knowledge’ is ‘The information, understanding and skills that you gain through education or experience.’ We are living in a world of information explosion. In each and every second, new information is inundating into the society and the grave issue our society is facing today is not the lack of knowledge, it is the lack of wisdom or discernment. The definition given by the Oxford dictionary for the word Wisdom is, ‘The ability to make sensible decisions and give good advice because of experience and knowledge that you have. ‘Wisdom is the ability to recognize or judge what is true, right, or lasting.’ Wisdom consists of knowledge, experience, and good judgment. A person cannot have wisdom without having knowledge, but being knowledgeable about something does not necessarily indicate wisdom. Wisdom can also refer to the application of the knowledge you have. For example, you may know how to use a weapon, but wisdom knows when to use or not to use it. Knowledge without accompanying wisdom is a curse rather than a blessing. Wisdom in its diminutive form is ability to know the difference between good and evil and right and wrong. Wisdom cannot be simply acquired through learning or education; one has to acquire wisdom from its original source. The Holy Bible says that the source of wisdom is God. “To be wise you must first have reverence for the Lord.”(Proverbs: 1:7, 9:10, Job: 28:28) That’s why Solomon, when he became the king of the Israelites in his younger age, prayed to God like this, “Give me the wisdom I need to rule your people with justice and to know the difference between good and evil.”(1 Kings: 3:9)As we are standing at the threshold of anew academic year, let’s bring our children to the Lord and pray to God to bless them with heavenly wisdom to grow up in wisdom and in favour with God and men in the new academic year. May god bless you all.
Rev. John Joseph