Today’s selection from Wisdom sounds like a playground war: “Get him! He thinks he’s too smart! Goody two-shoes, just you wait and see!” (There should probably be all kinds of “$##¡@&**@!” representing the colorful language used by our preteen perpetrators.)
The suffering of the just seems a far more serious problem than a recess bully. Nevertheless, these 10-year-old tormenters participate in the same process as the righteous executioners we find in Scripture and history, from the murder of Abel through Jesus’ crucifixion and the martyrdom of disciples into our own day.
Throughout his entire ministry, Jesus tried to counter the type of thinking that put stock in domination by fear, finance, force or fame. Time and again, he told his disciples, “Do not be afraid.”