Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care.  Come and show your people the way to salvation.

Today, December 17 begins the final march of the Advent Season towards Christmas, and the use of the “O Antiphons” in the daily Gospel acclamation and Evening Prayer Gospel Antiphon for the Canticle of Mary.  Each of the “titles” in these antiphons are titles for Christ.

In Christ, we see the heart of our human dignity, as it is through Christ, we find our blessing.  For it is in Christ, we are chosen by God, to be holy and spotless, and to become children of God.  It is through Christ, we gain our freedom and the forgiveness of our sins.  Such is the grace and blessing showered upon us by the goodness of God in all Wisdom and insight.  (cf Ephesians 1:3-8)

Christ is the Wisdom of God who informs our minds (reason) and leads us to faith.  Christ it is who is the root and foundation of our human dignity.  Christ is the source of our freedom, for it is through Christ we are able to freely choose in the face of sin and evil, free to choose goodness and truth, and to freely participate in the wisdom of God which is beyond any human wisdom or strength.

Let us pray for the people of this world to realize that our human wisdom only leads us so far…Reason is an essential element in the human discovery of faith.  But it is precisely this freedom of religion, this freedom of faith that leads us to discover the fullness of our human dignity rooted in the person of Jesus Christ, who roots us in the divine life itself.  Please, God, grant this human generation true Wisdom!

Where is the one who is wise?  Where is the scribe?  Where is the debater of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.  For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. (1 Corinthians 1:20-25)

Mary, Seat of Wisdom,

Pray for us.