Sunday 17th December

O Sapientia (O Wisdom)

The Spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the Spirit of Wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of the knowledge of the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:2-3

Being clever and being wise are two different things. Sometimes, we look at those who excel in school, or in their career field and wish we were that clever. Cleverness can open all sorts of doors but sometimes, all those things being stuffed into people’s brains, can push out time for reflection and quietness – those activities are where wisdom comes from.

The first week of this series was all about how we are with God and in our lives as Christians. The second week invited us to turn out and look at how we interact with the world around us and tell the story of our faith. This week we get to a more ancient place – the “O Antiphons”. For each day, from now until Christmas Eve, there is a word which describes an attribute of the coming Christ, today it is wisdom.

Wisdom in the Bible is something which is a gift from God. In fact in the Book of Wisdom, in the Old Testament, it is described as “lady wisdom” which many have seen as personifying wisdom into the Holy Spirit her (or him) self. Wisdom then, is like God breaking off pieces of God’s self and dropping them into our souls. What is required of us, is not a long and impressive resume, but a willing heart and open mind.

Jesus was human but also so intimately caught up as a person of God in the ways of God that we cannot imagine it. We are invited to a little part, to stand in awe and look at just how big and amazing God really is.

Lord, help me to understand your ways, so that I may be wise. Send your spirit into my heart, that I may stop long enough to see and listen hard enough to hear you and those whom you made. Teach me to delight in your presence and to see your delight in others when I am with them. Amen.