Following the Orthodox lectionary during Lent, you notice a lot of excerpts from the book of Proverbs. Over and over, Proverbs rails on the temporary gains of material wealth and extols the virtues of wisdom.
“Such an immaterial and invisible thing to pursue!” I think. “It’s far more satisfying to be able to measure and count our material possessions, or look at our surroundings and relish in some kind of accomplishment.”
But then I realize I’m falling prey to the subtle messages of the media saturation that surround me. In our culture, it can feel like everything is a store, and worse, that everything should be a store–even our phones have become conduits for purchasing and perusing and consuming. But I am not here to accumulate these things. I am here to gain wisdom and attain theosis. I am thankful to Proverbs for being a daily reminder and counterbalance to the messages with which I am surrounded.