Seek wisdom of God

Divine Word University staff and students were called onto to seek the wisdom from God to continue the great work of the University so far for the betterment of Papua New Guinea.

The call came from the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Madang, Most Reverend Stephen Reichert Ofm Cap, in his homily during the Holy Eucharist celebration to mark the 18th Foundation Day of the University at its Madang campus on Friday 22nd August, 2014.

He said while the University marks its 18th birthday after the government of Prime Minister Sir Julius Chan declared it a University on 21 August, 1996, it was important for “this greatly respected Catholic institution” to strife for success through wisdom from God.

“What a wonderful world it would be if all of us who seek knowledge as a way to achieve success and happiness in our lives, would also hunger for and receive the gift of wisdom, which is the ability to discern what is right and good and act courageously to do only what is good,” said Archbishop Reichert.

He said his prayer on the important anniversary is for DWU “to continue to be blessed abundantly with its mission of seeking truth and sharing with others, imparting knowledge, promoting justice and peace while advancing Christian virtue and values.”

Archbishop Reichert said a youthful King Solomon in the Old Covenant went before God by admitting his human fallibility and asked for wisdom to discern right from wrong and received it and the DWU community can do so to continue the great works of the University.

He said the gift of wisdom rained down on believers on the ‘foundation day’ of the Christian Church on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came down to the faithful who were gathered in Jerusalem.

“A that time the Holy Spirit rained gifts down on the believers, the first being the gift of Wisdom” which Archbishop Reichert said “King Solomon sought above all else”.

He said: “We humans are created in the image and likeness of God, but sin makes us less beautiful than are meant to be.

“But there is hope for us.

“Wisdom that comes from the ‘loving God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind’, will restore God’s beauty in us.

“And ‘loving our neighbor as ourselves’ no matter what, strengthens the gift of wisdom within us,” said Archbishop Reichert.