O Sapientia, quæ ex ore Altissimi prodisti,
attingens a fine usque ad finem fortiter, suaviter disponensque omnia:
veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiæ.
O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet gentle care. Come and show your people the way of prudence.
In our prayer today, we invoke the coming of Wisdom to teach us the ways of prudence.
In the Old Testament, Wisdom was described as present during the work of creation to order all things according to God’s Will. Wisdom was considered as an attribute of the presence of God amongst men. In the New Testament, this position was immeasurably superseded with the coming of Christ. Now, God is present as a Divine Person, not in an allegorical way but truly present in Jesus, Son of God who is the very incarnation of the Father’s wisdom. In Jesus, divine wisdom takes human flesh and lives amongst man to reveal the ways of prudence. The word “prudence” is derived from the Latin word “Præ -video” which literally means to “notice before-hand or to foresee”. This means to to see things from another prospective, the prospective of God who looks at things according to His original project of love established for us during the creation of the world. Listening and contemplating Jesus, who is the very Wisdom and Word of God, man discovers the marvellous design of God for his salvation and discovers the hope to which he was called.
Come Jesus! Maranatha!
Father, Creator and Redeemer of mankind,
you decreed, and your Word became man, born of the Virgin Mary.
May we come to share the divinity of Christ, who humbled himself to share our human nature,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.