Christmas Reflection: Jesus is Wisdom


Come to me, all who desire me, and be filled with my fruits. You will remember me as sweeter than honey, better to have than the honeycomb.

Sirach 24:19-20

Do you seek wisdom? Draw closer to Jesus, who is Wisdom.

Going Deeper

Read Sirach 24:3-22. This is a quote from Wisdom personified.

terebinth“I spread out my branches like a terebinth, my branches so glorious and so graceful.” Sirach 24:16

This description of Wisdom as coming from God (“from the mouth of the Most High”) but distinct from God is similar to John’s description of the Word (“He was in the beginning with God” John 1:2) at the beginning of his gospel. Jesus, the Word of God, is also the Wisdom of God.

Jesus demonstrates the embodiment of wisdom in several ways. In his words, Jesus reveals a wisdom that is often counter-intuitive: “The last will be first, and the first will be last” Matt 20:16. In his parables, Jesus helps us to better understand things that are beyond our grasp: “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field” Matt 13:44. In his actions, Jesus shows us how to apply the wisdom of God to our daily lives: “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” Matt 22:21; “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil?” Luke 6:9; “Jesus, looking at him, loved him.” Mark 10:21; “Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you.’ ” John 8:10

What is your favorite Gospel story? Read the familiar story again, looking for the wisdom in Jesus’ words and actions. I invite you to devour the Gospels, feasting on the sweet fruits of the Wisdom of God.


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