Growing in the Gift of Knowledge
The spiritual gift of knowledge is also known as the “word of knowledge” or “utterance of knowledge.” The Scriptural emphasis in 1 Corinthians 12:8 is on the ability to speak this knowledge to others in a given situation. The gift of knowledge is an understanding of the things in this world and in our lives that is founded in the Gospel and rooted in the Scriptures. This gift is closely related to the gift of wisdom which is alluded to by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.
Sam is very knowledgeable in the Catholic faith but doesn’t brag about what he knows. Instead he uses his knowledge to help others to grow in virtue and to give great glory to God. Sam is humble in what he knows and is always looking for ways to learn more.
Penny also knows a lot about her faith. She uses her knowledge to learn more and have a deep sense of awe for the Lord. It is apparent that Penny cares deeply about learning more and using it to serve as a sacristan.
John Paul asks many questions and reads many books to learn more about the world around him, but most importantly about God. He is curious and is able to love God through his intellect and his ability to learn. John Paul loves to share what he has learned with his peers.
Louis reminds his friends to think like God would in everyday preschool situations. I recently heard him say, “You guys, God does not want us to fight about toys. I bet he wants us to take turns.” Louis also thinks about God often. He often starts very thoughtful conversations about God at the lunch table.
Joe is always quick to point out if our salvation history book has left out details in biblical stories. He has a deep love and respect for the Lord and His Church and loves to be a server at Mass.
Charlie is always asking if he can fill in for servers if they are absent. He takes this role very seriously and serves reverently.
Felicity is always working to challenge herself and make herself better in all areas of life, both academic and spiritual. She always does her best work without expectation of being praised.