Our parish celebrated a memorial service this evening. I believe the funeral and burial were earlier this week at a family town of origin. But a small group gathered to pray for our widowed parishioner and his family. They chose the Proverbs 31 discourse on the ideal wife for one reading. One line of the passage struck me:
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs at the days to come.
This whole passage gives me the sense it’s about more than an ideal wife. There are hints of the wisdom canticles of the Hebrew Scriptures in this chapter. After the discourse describes the wife and mother clothing her household, she is described as herself robed in “strength and dignity.” But the striking connection is with laughter at the days to come. This woman hasn’t lived in 2009, it is clear.
I’ve been surfing net sites where people talk about stocking up on canned foods and toilet paper. I’m thinking there’s more wisdom at laughing at the future. Or maybe I’m hoping. Anyway, I thinking Proverbs 31:25 and Matthew 6:25-34 will get a lot more spiritual mileage than what many religious pundits are offering.