December 17th: O Sapientia (Wisdom)

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O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti,
attingens a fine usque ad finem,
fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia:
veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae

O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from one end to the other mightily,
and sweetly ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence

While most of the responses reference the prophet Isaiah in some way, this first song to God as Wisdom carries with it multiple meanings.

The first time in which God spoke with his mouth was in Creation….bringing forth the entire universe out of love. He once again opened his mouth to tell humanity to be fruitful and multiply. In his promises to Noah and to Abraham, God spoke and assured his faithful servants that floods, destruction and sterility do not have the final say….only God holds that power.

God spoke powerfully on Sinai, giving laws to his people…..not as a burden….but as a way to live in holiness and right relationship with each other and with him:

1.’You shall have no other gods before Me.’
2. ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.’
3. ‘You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.’
4. ‘Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.’
5. ‘Honor your father and your mother.’
6. ‘You shall not murder.’
7. ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
8. ‘You shall not steal.’
9. ‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.’
10. ‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.’

In his greatest gift God gives us the Word Made Flesh….the Light of the Law come to life. May that Wisdom find its way into our hearts…… Lord Jesus, come soon! Come and be born in our hearts. +

Morning Prayer: March 1st

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Psalms: 5,6
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 4:15-24
New Testament: 2 Corinthians 11:1-21

I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me!…. I repeat, let no one think that I am a fool; but if you do, then accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little. What I am saying in regard to this boastful confidence, I am saying not with the Lord’s authority, but as a fool; since many boast according to human standards,* I will also boast. For you gladly put up with fools, being wise yourselves! (2 Cor 11:1;16-19)

It’s passages like these that give me hope that God has a sense of humour and tolerates sarcastic preachers :D.

Throughout both of his letters to the Corinthians, Paul is ever so subtle in mocking his readers, and calling attention to their own hypocrisy.

When Paul calls the Corinthians “wise” he actually means they are dumb as rocks. Why do I reach this conclusion??? It comes from the framework he sets in his first letter:

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart….For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. (1 Cor 1:18-19;25)

It’s all about the role-reversal, and I’m not sure the sarcasm is always caught when we perceive Paul as this saintly character who is always doing the right thing post-conversion.

It’s true that the sarcasm is meant to admonish and build up the congregation, but all the same it is there…..and thanks be to God for it lol 🙂 +

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