Stalking Wisdom


Sirach 14:20-21 begins a reflection on “the search for wisdom:”

Happy the man who meditates on wisdom, and reflects on knowledge;
Who ponders her ways in his heart, and understands her paths;

But then it gets a tad creepy (22-24):

Who pursues her like a scout, and lies in wait at her entry way;
Who peeps through her windows, and listens at her doors;
Who encamps near her house, and fastens his tent pegs next to her walls;

I guess wisdom doesn’t mind, as the “stalker” becomes a welcome neighbor in the end (25-27):

Who pitches his tent beside her, and lives as her welcome neighbor;
Who builds his nest in her leafage, and lodges in her branches;
Who takes shelter with her from the heat, and dwells in her home.


I wonder if Lady Wisdom has ever taken out a restraining order on someone …

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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