Pentecost +12 - Year B
Solomon is known as “The Wise”. It is a questionable appellation. So how do we actually live wisely.
Well, instead of flattering G*D through feigned humility, it is listening to what builds creation and community, what extends steadfast love for all parts of creation and community. There is no time to waste on faking G*D out. There is plenty of time to make the most of.
We are not to build temples where singing spiritual songs go on apart from the world, but to express our heart’s desire and courage to build up creation and community.
“Wise” Solomon needs to be asked about a definition of debauchery or living carelessly. Do so many “wives” meet the standard of “extreme indulgence in sensuality”? Was it simply political wisdom to leverage power alliances through “wives” and is that a good use of time? What about the riches? Is being the top of the top long-term sustainable and thus wise? Read the story and where is anything left but ruin?
What are you working for beyond working to fill time, avoid something, or make money?