Grace to you!
A woman told a story of her religious experience and how she received an infused insight into the breath-taking beauty of the molecules in the human body. Her grasp of this beautiful gift of nature wasn’t through the microscope, but the sheer light of Divine Wisdom. The sight, she claimed, was indescribable.
The saints, especially those who have witnessed unique mystical experiences, tell the story of the depth and profundity of God’s grace. God opens the eyes of our mind and soul to comprehend, within our limited human capacity, the aesthetics of divine blessings and order in nature. Sometimes, we have a glimpse of the beatific vision too.
Wisdom comes with a force of unique authority and power. Its piercing and penetrating influence gets to the core of human brokenness and limitations, surprising us with an instantaneous ‘aha’ moment.
Wisdom from above elevates our created intellect within, raising it more and more to the level of uncreated intelligence. Consider the way God knows and sees. It is pure and complete. One with Divine Wisdom, many times, shares in this unique privilege of knowing and seeing from the heavenly vantage point.
Wisdom opens her arms so we can see ourselves as we are seen, and love ourselves as we are loved in the one who has made us, His sons and daughters. Wisdom makes us appreciate the truth that the angels are at our service too.
This wisdom I speak of isn’t a thing. The wisdom is a person. The one who sits with the Father from the beginning of creation and knows all God’s works (see Book of Wisdom 9:9. In fact, the entire chapter, known as Solomon’s Prayer, is a good text for prayerful meditation).
God has lavished us, his children, with the gift of this wisdom. As Scripture says: “He has poured her forth upon all his works, upon every living thing according to his bounty; he has lavished her upon his friends (Sirach 1:10).
This wisdom is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Divine Logos, “the Word made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). Hence, anyone configured into Christ sees, little by little, what the angels see. The person is led by wisdom.
May you please pray this famous Divine Office line with me: “Lord, let your wisdom be with me, to help me and to work with me.” Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.