Daily Archives: December 17, 2012

O Sapienta, O Wisdom


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

It’s the last eight days of Advent, when we begin to pray the O Antiphons. They are prayed from Dec 17th to Dec 23rd and then comes Christmas Eve and then Christmas Day. We pray and meditate on the titles of Jesus. 

I got the feeling reading the Gospels that Jesus’ favourite book of Scripture was Isaiah. From Isaiah 11:2 to 3 and then 28:29 we get this prayer. Wisdom comes from the mouth of God just as In the Beginning was the Word (John 1.1) and the first thing of creation was made by the Word from God. “And God said, ‘Let there be light!’ And there was light.” (Gen 1:3)

When we pray and meditate on Scripture it’s wise to take all the books as one whole book. One the most amazing and unrecognised miracles, it seems to me, is how the books of the Bible written by different people over thousands of years.  Let’s consider that the Torah (Pentateuch) was around from 1600 BC and the Book of Revelation was written around 67 AD (Yes, I choose the traditional dates). With different authors living in different cultures – Hosea was under Babylon for example – and yet the whole thing fits together and tells us the entire story of salvation from creation to the end of the world.

I love the way the Word of God in Scripture fits together as part of the Word of God in Christ.  That is wisdom and we should pray for some as we study Scripture.