We continue our beautiful readings from the Book of Wisdom and follow her
in our own paths of life. Today she makes us think of the various virtues
and titles that are part of Mother Wisdom, Sophia. She also reminds us
Catholics of the teaching of the Communion of Saints and how all of us are
in this journey toward God together. Past, present, and future emerge into
one when we look at Lady Wisdom’s advice and instruction.
Those attributes of Wisdom are easily seen in the saints especially in the
Virgin Mother of Jesus. They are also present in us in seed form and as we
grow in our understanding of our baptism we grow into Wisdom’s virtues and
attributes just as Mary did, just ad Francis did, just as Mother Theresa
Wisdom produces “friends of God and prophets.” This title is featured in
Elizabeth Ann Johnson’s outstanding work on the Communion of Saints.
Wisdom helps us to reach from end to end mightily and to govern all things
well. She helps us see the bigger picture of our path to life everlasting.
Psalm 119 is certainly congruent with Wisdom and is a Psalm in praise of
the Torah and its manifold ways of speaking about God’s commands, laws,
precepts, words, etc. It breaks into stanzas using the Hebrew Alphabet to
accomplish its wisdom message about the Torah which is equivalent to Wisdom
Personified. We call it an alphabetical psalm or an acrostic psalm. It
ranges from A to Z or in Hebrew from Aleph to Tau. The Psalmist praises
God and the Torah for it is Wisdom expressed in human language. The
poet-psalmist is a passionate lover of God and God’s Torah (instruction,
revelation, and laws). He wishes us to learn the ways of wisdom through the
Torah and its marvelous tenets and paths.
Jesus teaches us his wisdom each day through our Gospel passages read in
the liturgy and Eucharist. We hear his living voice and it is a voice of
wisdom. The following words from the Gospel for today are encouraging:
“The reign of God (the realm or kingdom) is already in your midst.” By our
own embracing that kingdom of God within our listening hearts we are wisdom
people. Today may we live up to that call. Amen.