The week is crowded, beloved reader. We have the New Year coming up, and it seems like we just left Christmas behind. Also, coming at the end of the week is the Holy Name of the Lord Day which coincidentally lands on New Year’s Day as well. And then, of course, being Saturday it is also the day for the psalms passage. Add to that the other passages from the epistles and gospel. While writing on all of this, I will be surrounded by scripture – which actually is not a bad thing! It gives me (wait for it!) spiritual wisdom!

Wisdom praises herself, and tells of her glory in the midst of her people.” (Sirach 24:1)

Not of course in the same tradition as Wisdom as told and told about in scripture; or in this case scripture outside of canonical scripture. By studying all scripture I slowly come to understand wisdom as it pertains to the insights that humanity can attain. I told you, beloved reader, about my seeing Advent & Christmas through a theological telescope; looking beyond the Christmas event to what it meant to the Jews of Jesus’ time and all of humanity that came after that. Salvation and redemption that was gifted to us. Here though is Wisdom that was with the Divine at that early time of planning.

In the assembly of the Most High she opens her mouth, and in the presence of his hosts she tells of her glory: “I came forth from the mouth of the Most High, and covered the earth like a mist. I dwelt in the highest heavens, and my throne was in a pillar of cloud. Alone I compassed the vault of heaven and traversed the depths of the abyss. Over waves of the sea, over all the earth, and over every people and nation I have held sway.” Among all these I sought a resting place; in whose territory should I abide?” (Verses2 – 7)

But let us step back from this passage for a moment and remind ourselves that the writer of Sirach is the one giving voice and text to Wisdom. Where else would a Israelite writer say that Wisdom came to rest? I believe that all the faith traditions that have been a part of humanity’s story can have wisdom – an understanding of how best to live and relate to others. Thus saying that, let us dive back into this particular non-canonical scripture passage.

“Then the Creator of all things gave me a command, and my Creator chose the place for my tent. He said, ‘Make your dwelling in Jacob, and in Israel receive your inheritance.’ Before the ages, in the beginning, he created me, and for all the ages I shall not cease to be. In the holy tent I ministered before him, and so I was established in Zion. Thus in the beloved city he gave me a resting place, and in Jerusalem was my domain. I took root in an honored people, in the portion of the Lord, his heritage.” (Verses 8 – 12)

Where does wisdom lie in your life, beloved reader? Who or where is your source of wisdom? As we look to the end of this year, and look forward to the New Year, what will be the source and substance of your decision-making? The basis and plan for your life in 2022? The last two years have been tumultuous. As the last days of 2019 fly by, we came to understand and appreciate a threat to all of humanity. It altered so much of the way we lived (and still live) our lives. The repercussions still echo, and shall echo far into our future. How shall we decide to handle it?

It has been my intention to apply spirituality to practical everyday life – that the two might inform and infuse each other. Holding the two together has sometimes felt like trying to hold two charged cables, each sparking when brought close together. But in the fusing of the two cables into one, my life and existence has been lifted to a new plane. And if that has brought me wisdom/Wisdom, so much the better.

As I work my way through this scripture laden week, I hope to have the energy and insight to do honor to the scripture passages before me. And when I feel my thoughts and energy flaying, I hope and pray that the Wisdom of the Divine “sparks” me so that I might know what to say. Shalom & Selah!