Posted by: livingscripture | December 17, 2012

Third Monday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

“O Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love; come to teach us the path of knowledge.”

(Alleluia Verse)

  

How should we live this Wordgalaxy

During this week preceding the imminent celebration of Christmas, we have the singing of the Great O Antiphons, handed down to us from the seventh century.  Gradually, they delineate some of the characteristics of the Christ who is coming.  These concise invocations, which draw heavily on the Old and New Testaments, offer us rich food for meditation, prayer, and daily guidance on the road that leads to the grotto of Bethlehem.

The first invocation is that of Wisdom which comes through the voices of the great persons of prayer in the Old Testament, like Sirach and Solomon, (Wisdom 7: 22 – 8: 1). They invoked the Lord with this profound name that requires numerous adjectives to explain it.  However, our attention today is turned to two aspects in particular, God’s creative action and God’s prudence.

Wisdom comes forth from the mouth of the Most High who creates through the Word of God and disposes all in harmony, with gentleness and power, to the ends of the earth.  This harmony is entrusted to human creatures, to cultivate and safeguard.  Thus we need to be instructed in wisdom, understanding, and prudence, the cardinal virtues that dispose the reason to discern in every circumstance our true good and to choose adequate means to accomplish it.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder these words with calm serenity, with trustful tranquility in the awareness that Wisdom comes and embraces every action, leading us toward the fullness of salvation as it led our ancestors in the faith and everyone who listens to its creative word.

“Come, O gentle Wisdom, Who disposes all in the universe with harmony.  Teach us with Your Wisdom.  Come Lord God, Come!

The voice of 1 Thessalonians 5:23 

May the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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