O Sapientia – O Wisdom
“The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.” Isaiah 11:2-3
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.
In the Hebrew Scriptures, Wisdom is not cleverness or accumulated knowledge but the creative Spirit of God that “renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets” (Hebrew for the Spirit of God is feminine). The extract below from the Wisdom of Solomon describes that active, dynamic, Wisdom or breath of God. When we pray ‘come wisdom’ we are not invoking knowledge or even trying to learn we are joining in the dynamic dance of the Trinity. The Advent dance of the was, is coming and is-ness of Wisdom, of Christ.
In engaging in a Continuing Indaba journey we are not trying to enlighten people to our point of view but join our journey with theirs for a time so that we might learn from each other. For more on what it means to engage in a Continuing Indaba journey click here.
The Nature of Wisdom
There is in her a spirit that is intelligent, holy,
unique, manifold, subtle,
mobile, clear, unpolluted,
distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen,
irresistible, beneficent, humane,
steadfast, sure, free from anxiety,
all-powerful, overseeing all,
and penetrating through all spirits
that are intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle.
For wisdom is more mobile than any motion;
because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things.
For she is a breath of the power of God,
and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her.
For she is a reflection of eternal light,
a spotless mirror of the working of God,
and an image of his goodness.
Although she is but one, she can do all things,
and while remaining in herself, she renews all things;
in every generation she passes into holy souls
and makes them friends of God, and prophets;
for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.
She is more beautiful than the sun,
and excels every constellation of the stars.
Compared with the light she is found to be superior,
for it is succeeded by the night,
but against wisdom evil does not prevail.
She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other,
and she orders all things well.
(Wisdom of Solomon 7:22-8:1)