We’re instructed that “Before man are life and death, good and evil, whichever he chooses shall be given him.” The way of life and the good follows the commandments of God, as Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount. But that is a way of giving, not grasping. It’s opposed to the world’s wisdom which seeks power, riches, and pleasure.
God’s wisdom, St. Paul wrote, is hidden, and it is not self-centered. Let us pray for the grace to live by God’s wisdom, which will lead us to a life of service in this world and eternal joy in the next. Guided by that wisdom, we will use the time, talent, and treasure entrusted to us for the glory of God rather than for our own personal comfort.