I first learned to pray morning and evening prayer (from the Breviary) while I was attending diaconate seminary with my husband. I have learned to love the psalms and the daily prayer with the larger church. My favorite is Psalm 63. When I see it in morning prayer I am filled with Joy!
This morning in the office of readings I was struck by the gift of the book of wisdom and then the discourse by St Athanasius, Bishop. “Yet simply to be was not enough: God also wanted his creatures to be good. That is why he was pleased that his own wisdom should descend to their level and impress upon each of them singly and upon all of them together a certain resemblance to their Model. It would then be manifest that God’s creatures shared in his wisdom and that all his works were worthy of him.”
God is wisdom, and in order for us to understand that He came down to ‘impress upon’ us a ‘certain resemblance to their Model’, to Christ Himself. Hard for me to imagine that Christ, should descend, for me, to understand, to identify with Him.
St Bernard tells us, “But how, you ask, was this done? He lay in a manger and rested on a virgin’s breast, preached on a mountain, and spent the night in prayer. He hung on a cross, grew pale in death, and roamed free among the dead and ruled over those in hell. He rose again on the third day, and showed the apostles the wounds of the nails, the signs of victory.”
That is the gift of wisdom. I see it every day on the crucifix.