Thursday, November 14, 2013

Wisdom- it's a person not a thing

Today's first reading opens with an elaborate description of wisdom.

In Wisdom is a spirit
intelligent, holy, unique,
Manifold, subtle, agile,
clear, unstained, certain,
Not baneful, loving the good, keen,
unhampered, beneficent, kindly,
Firm, secure, tranquil,
all-powerful, all-seeing,...

But if we look back at the early church we find that "The Wisdom of God" was understood not to be a characteristic of God, but another title for the second person of the trinity, the Son, Jesus Christ.

In the city now know as Istanbul is an museum that for almost a millennium it served as the Cathedral of Constantinople. Known as Hagia Sophia its full name was, "Shrine of the Holy Wisdom of God" and its feast day was December 25, the day when we celebrate the moment when that wisdom of God became flesh.

What does this have to do with daily life? It reminds us that wisdom is not a function of age. It doesn't simply happen. True wisdom only comes when we open our hearts and our minds to the love of God.