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Thursday, December 17, 2015

O Come, O Wisdom From on High!




I love these late Advent weekdays!
I love praying the O' Antiphons, one of the riches in the immense treasury of prayers that the Church gives to us to prepare our hearts for Jesus' coming.

Today, we are called to pray with Mary and all the faithful ones of Israel
who eagerly awaited and prayed for the Messiah
- praying for Wisdom to guide and direct their paths.

How much are we need wisdom today?!

With the threat of terror ever increasing.
When we are tempted to fear, to doubt, to anxiousness
how much do we need to enter into the silence of these late Advent days?
--preparing with prayer
our hearts to receive Jesus,
Who is Wisdom Incarnate!

And so, let us sing and pray as never before:

"O Come, O Wisdom from on high
Who orders all things far and nigh,
To us the path of knowledge show
And teach us in her ways to go.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee O Israel!

We often think of Wisdom as a thing, 
Rather than a Person.
Yet, Wisdom is a Divine Person
Who came to earth
- to be with us!
Not only with us to be "like us in all things but sin"
externally, 
but to be with us in the depths of our being
-- Coming to "live and move and have His dwelling" within us!
Hoping to guide our hearts and minds
and to direct our paths
by receiving Him
--Who is Wisdom Himself.

But, do we make room for Him in our lives?

He is ALWAYS EMMANUEL
GOD WITH US
Yet, how often is it that we don't recognize His Presence
in His Hidden Stillness?

Because our silence is so full of noise
that we cannot
recognize His Coming

Are our hearts so filled with anxiety that
He, Who is the great
I AM
cannot come into my heart to set me free?

Captive as I am to
noise
busyness
worries, problems, concerns...
Captive to sin...
to shame, guilt,
self-pity and sorrow
doubt,
fear
consumerism
people's opinions....

And in our captivity, we are so full
that we do not have room in our hearts for His Wisdom.


But, Jesus came to free us of all these things!!!!
That is the Good News!!!!

It is only in Christ we can be freed
If we allow Him freedom to crush the power of sin and death within us
as He did once and for all on the Cross

But, it is often only in prayer
that we can recognize the WISDOM and TRUTH
of our captivity and
that a tremendous battle is going on in our hearts and minds,
that is keeping us from making room
for the Hidden King of Kings.


Who are we listening to?

What are we filling our moments of silence with?
Is it with prayer
Scripture
Mary
repentance and confession
so to make room in our hearts for His Coming?

If we don't,
we often miss
the coming of God by grace.

For God's Wisdom first manifested Himself
in a way completely hidden from the world
-- as He grew within the womb of Mary.
Often times Wisdom is missed for He still hides Himself in the womb of Mary.

So, it is only
in silence
in prayer
in thanksgiving
and in praise...
and in Mary
that we can make room for Him.



May we not let this Christmas come and go
without preparing a place in our hearts for Him to dwell within us
in all His Wisdom.

"O Come, O Wisdom from on high
order our thoughts and our days aright
as you order all things far and nigh,
To us the path of knowledge show
And teach us in her ways to go.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee O Israel!


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