Wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me. There is in her a spirit that is intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, mobile, clear, unpolluted, distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen, irresistible, beneficent, humane, steadfast, sure, free from anxiety, all-powerful, overseeing all, and penetrating through all spirits that are intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle. For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things. For she is a breath of the power of God, and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her. For she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness. Although she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets; for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom. She is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars. Compared with the light she is found to be superior, for it is succeeded by the night, but against wisdom evil does not prevail. She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and she orders all things well.
Today is Thursday the 14 November, in the Thirty Second Week of Ordinary Time.
The community of Taizé sing, Jésus le Christ: ‘Jesus Christ, inner light, do not let my darkness speak to me. Jesus Christ, inner light, let me welcome your love.’
Today’s reading is from the Book of Wisdom.
The writer of the Book of Wisdom says they were ‘taught by wisdom.’ In many respects this could be seen as a way of saying that they were enlightened – or guided – by the Holy Spirit. Are there times when, guided by the Spirit, you have been at odds with those around you?
The passage reminds us that the search for God ends in the most wonderful experience a human being can have. What have been the times you have experienced the wonder of searching for God?
As you listen to the reading again, allow yourself to be guided by the Spirit. Listen to what the Spirit is trying to bring to your attention.
Listening to the Spirit is extremely difficult, not because the Spirit fails to make their self felt but because we, as human beings, are very good at being distracted by other things. Spend the last few minutes of this meditation trying to still yourself and opening yourself fully to the Spirit.