Today the Church enters into the most holy of days prior to the Solemnity of Christmas.  These holy days are marked by the O Antiphons“O Antiphons” prayed at Mass and in the prayer of the Church – the liturgy of the hours.  I like the way catholicculture.com put it: “December 17 marks the beginning of the “O” Antiphons, the seven jewels of our liturgy, dating back to the fourth century, one for each day until Christmas Eve. These antiphons address Christ with seven magnificent Messianic titles, based on the Old Testament prophecies and types of Christ. The Church recalls the variety of the ills of man before the coming of the Redeemer.”  
O Sapientia (December 17) “O Wisdom”, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.” Isaiah had prophesied, “The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.” (11:2-3), and “Wonderful is His counsel and great is His wisdom.” (28:29).

~ Fr. William Sanders

I want to reiterate that the significance of the O Antiphons is twofold:

1) If refers to one of the 7 messianic titles given to Christ.

2) They are linked with 7 prophecies regarding the Messiah from the Prophet Isaiah.

Reflection:
In the Christian tradition Wisdom has always existed in the second Person of the Godhead and it is Wisdom through which God created the world, when she spoke. That second person of the Trinity is Jesus, God incarnate. So He is not only the Word but He spoke the Word. And those Words are true, the life and the Way for us to live. Today let us pray that we shall use the gift of wisdom, given to us at Confirmation, to discern the things of God so that we grow to love the virtues of God’s kingdom.
 
O Sapientia teach us the truth and to be truly wise; Come, O Holy Spirit and prepare our hearts to welcome you at Christmas. Amen.
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