O Wisdom, Come!


(tune of O come, O come, Emmanuel)

O come, O Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily,
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to the, O Israel!

Jesus can truly be called the Wisdom of God. As the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, Christ, the God-Man, is also called the Word of God. As the Word of the Father, Jesus reveals to us the inner thoughts and will of the Father, and these thoughts and desires are divinely wise. To know Jesus is to know Wisdom. To grow close to Jesus is to grow in wisdom. The Gospel According to John emphasizes Christ as the Word, the Logos of God: In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God.

The Document on the Liturgy from Vatican Council II says that in the Liturgy, Christ is present in the ministers, the priest and deacon; He is present in the congregation, the assembled believers who make up the Body of Christ; He is present in the Word of God when it is proclaimed in the assembly. The Word of God—Scripture and Christ—bring us the Wisdom of God so that we might live holy lives. Jesus comes to us to show us the way to salvation, but during this Advent season He wants to reveal this saving way in greater and deeper detail. In the Liturgy, we partake of the Wisdom of the Word and of the Eucharist, Wisdom incarnate.

Come, Lord, open our hearts and minds to Your Wisdom. Amen.

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