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.”

In today’s O Antiphon, we are invited to envision Jesus as Wisdom, the holy Word of God. Wisdom is the foundation of holiness, or right living. We are invited to trust that Jesus’ life and words show the way to live with spiritual integrity. We seek the wisdom to emerge from our confusion, contradictions, and chaos. Our spirits long for insight into life. How can we try to see the world through the eyes of its Creator? Where do we find direction to guide our actions? The cry “Come” is repeated in the liturgy again and again, insistent and hope-filled. “Come and show your people the way…”


Fill me with your wisdom and guide me as I try to live my life with spiritual integrity.


Today reflect on one experience in your life that fills you with doubts about how to act. Reflect on the teachings of Jesus and search for wisdom.

Suggested Reading

God is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.
1Cor. 1:30

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
James 3:17

She reaches from end to end mightily and governs all things well.
Wisdom 8:1

Wonderful is His counsel and great is His wisdom.
Isaiah 28:29

Wisdom is a sacred communion.
Victor Hugo

Wisdom begins in wonder.

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
Victor Hugo

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Henry David Thoreau

Wisdom comes from facing what you do not yet understand.
Shannon L. Alder