Proverbs 1:20-33; Psalm 19; James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38
These past few weeks we’ve been focusing on the Gospel of Mark and the New Testament Book of James emphasizing being “doers” of the Word of God. That is good counsel for being practical Christians listening for the wisdom of God rather than responding to the temptations of this world. And our readings this week, Proverbs, James, and Mark all agree: Willful people do foolish and destructive things that annoy God. In Proverbs, Dame Wisdom cries out to those who love being simple and whose actions are fraught with folly. When calamity strikes, she will laugh, for they have been warned. The epistle speaks of the dangers of gossip and errant teachings, warning that an unbridled tongue can unleash the very fires of hell. In Mark’s Gospel, when Peter rebukes Jesus for his talk of dying, Jesus rebukes Peter for setting his mind on worldly things. Finally, the psalmist proclaims that fear (worship) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.