Friday, December 17, 2010

O Sapientia

O Wisdom, you came forth from the mouth of the Most High, and reached from end to end, and disposed of all things sweetly and mightily: come and teach us the way of prudence. Amen.

From December 17 to 23, the Church observes the ancient custom of praying each day one of the seven "O" Antiphons, so called because each one addresses the God who comes in Christ with a different Biblical title, beginning with the invocation "O."  In Latin (which I will be using for the titles of these posts) the first letter of each title, read in reverse order, form the acrostic "Ero Cras" which translates "I will be with you tomorrow."
Today's title is "O Wisdom." Jesus Christ, "the power of God and the wisdom of God" (1 Cor. 1:24) comes to us as a tiny baby born in a stable.  What does that say about power and wisdom? God's ways are so different from our ways that it is easy to miss even his greatest gifts unless our hearts are attuned and ready.  Come, O Wisdom from on high!

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