The Book of Wisdom was written in a confusing time for the people of Israel. They had come into contact with the Greek culture for the first time, which brought a groundswell of new ideas. Among them, was a dependence on the human intellect and language. Why need god when we can reason our way to truth?
King Solomon was offered any gift, and he asked for wisdom and understanding, that he might better govern his people.
The writer of Wisdom today asks for prudence, in the midst of confusing times. Maybe I should pray for the same gift.
First Reading: Wisdom 7:7-11
Second Reading: Hebrews 4:12-13
Gospel: Mark 10:17-30