My first post on my new blog... Welcome, if you've found your way here! These sacred last days of Advent feel like a good time to start. It seems a very 'thin' time, when heaven and earth are close, and I am lucky enough to find myself at the beginning of a quieter week before Christmas. I had my last commute into the City yesterday, for my last supervision group of the year, and coffee and lunch with two good 'soul friends' - a chance for some rich conversations. And my first sight of snow this winter! Today brings us the first of the ancient Advent 'O' antiphons:
O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to the other, mightily and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence.
(O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usage ad finem, fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae. You'll find out that I like Latin...)
The whole of creation 'sweetly ordered' by Divine Wisdom. My butterfly mind takes me to the sweet feast prepared by Wisdom in Proverbs 91-6 (just before this we read that God’s Wisdom is ‘at play everywhere in his world, delighting to be with the sons of men'). In the Jerusalem Bible this passage has the lovely heading ‘Wisdom as Hostess’. I remember too the phrase my spiritual director gave me to hold on to when life feels hard: at the heart of the universe is consolation.
Savour God's sweet Wisdom. And thanks for stopping by. (Isn't that what bloggers say? Remember, I'm new to this!)