The wisdom of God

By | August 6, 2009

 

Christ is the Immortal Wise One enfleshed. To see, hear and touch him is to encounter the fullness of Wisdom. Paul knew this and encouraged the Ephesians to “watch carefully how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise … try to understand the will of the Lord.” It was all about Christ.

The greatest encounter with him is in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the fulfillment of Wisdom’s feast seen in the Book of Proverbs. God has prepared a meal where both the spiritual food itself feeds us but also the very actions of the Eucharist. Here the Risen One, who is Wisdom enfleshed, leads us down the wise path of sacrifice, self-gift, redemptive suffering, pleading, breaking, reconciling and innumerable others. To feed on him in the Eucharist is to feed on his whole life made present at Mass and to be taught how to live. “The one who feeds on me will have life because of me.”

The Gospel records accurately the words of the Lord as he defined the gift as being truly himself, “My flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.” The earliest Christians would then record their own experience of this encounter into the Gospels. They knew the Eucharist was alive and to feed on him meant to actually become him in all aspects of living. For those who do, he promises that you “will live forever.”

Questions for Reflection

1. What is the Eucharist teaching that I find difficult?

2. What areas of my life are not wisely leading to God?

3. Who does God want to call out to through me?

 

Fr. Vander Steeg is pastor of St. Mary Parish, Greenville, and St. Edward Parish, Mackville.

 

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