Rev. Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J.
St. Paul writes to the Corinthians, “Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Cor 1:24). We should not brush past that astounding statement. Paul does not say that Christ is wise, or that Christ has wisdom, but that Christ is Wisdom, substantial Wisdom. Wisdom is a person. What does that mean?
As we return today to Ordinary Time after the thirteen weeks of Lent and Easter, we begin to read the Book of Sirach. The Christian Church has designated seven books of the Old Testament as “Wisdom Books”: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom, and Sirach. The category is loose, but it points us in the right direction.
The concept of wisdom is an ancient one. In its pagan origins, wisdom was practical, a father advising his son on how to live rightly and conduct himself honorably. READ MORE