Contrast the call of Wisdom in today’s chapter of Proverbs, with the enticements of the seductress in the previous chapter. The former leads to life—the latter, to death. The seductress dresses up as wisdom, but only for a brief moment. At times, the devil comes as an "angel of light," only later, to envelop one in darkness. With wisdom comes the gift of discernment of spirits—the spiritual power to sense at the very outset, whether a thread of thoughts and desires leads toward life or toward death.
Verses 22 and following are a poetic and profound reflection upon the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. Recall the opening of John’s Gospel where, just as the sacred writer of Genesis and the author of today’s passage, John penetrates to the very beginning of creation.
Watch beginnings. See where they lead.
Wisdom from the beginning v. 22
Wisdom God’s daily delight v. 30
Watching daily for wisdom v. 34
Finding wisdom—finding life v. 35
Due to an early Easter in 2013, weeks 7 and 8 from the Epiphany Season, which were omitted, are now added to the first two weeks at the beginning of the season of Pentecost. The Monday-to-Friday readings for this week are from the Seventh Week in Epiphany, Year C.
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