Epiphany 5, Thursday, Year B

Inspired by Proverbs 12:10-21

“Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to advice.” Proverbs 12:15 (NRSV)

Knowledge inspires confidence. When we know what we’re doing we do it well, and we sometimes instruct others who don’t know as much. It doesn’t matter if what we know is our livelihood, a hobby, or a certain way of living – we’ve studied our subject matter, we’ve applied our knowledge, we’ve lived it, and we consider ourselves experts.

But we don’t know everything. There’s always another bit of information we haven’t discovered. There’s always another perspective born out of an experience we haven’t had. No matter how confident we are in our knowledge, we never know enough to be able to claim absolute certainty.

God created each of us individually, but God did not create us to live strictly as individuals. He created us to live in community, contributing the gifts and the knowledge that each of us has to the benefit of all. No matter how much knowledge we have, we are only wise when we recognize that we don’t know everything, and when we listen to what others have to contribute.

Let us pray. God of wisdom, you have blessed us with intelligence. Grant us the humility to recognize the contributions of all your people, that we may truly be the body of Christ in the world. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.