(Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, September 23, 2018.

If you want to be successful in life, you must know yourself and the world surrounding you.

Ask questions, don’t remain in ignorance

You must have the courage to ask questions about anything you do not understand, even though getting the answers may complicate your life. For it is better to know the answers than to remain in ignorance.
If you want to ask the right questions in your life, you must turn to the wisdom of God, which “is first of all, pure, then peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without inconstancy or insincerity.” The wisdom of God “is sown in peace for those who cultivate in peace” (James 3:17, 18). Therefore, the wisdom of God gives you the strength you need to remove your fears to ask questions concerning your life.
Listen to the answers from God, he advises you to become like a child, innocent, leaving aside all malice and ill-intent.

Learn from the innocence of a child

Just imagine a world where all those in positions of authority decide to possess the innocence of a child, to rid themselves of all malice and ill-intent. For sure, our world would be a different place.
On the other hand, if you resort to the wisdom of the world, you will find yourself involved in “bitter jealousy and selfish ambition . . . disorder and every foul practice” (James 3:14).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)