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"Whispers of Light" (part 2)

          Jesus, the Word of God on high, the fountain of wisdom, offers us a share in his seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the "mystical treasures" that flow from his pierced heart. These "whispers of light" grow in the context of an intimate union with the Lamb. The first of these gifts that we consider is the gift of wisdom. In doing so, we will speak first of all of Wisdom Incarnate, Jesus Christ.       

          In Wis. 9:1, we read, "Wisdom has built her house"; and in Prov. 24:3: "By wisdom is a house built." To begin, we note two things: first of all, wisdom "builds"; and secondly, what wisdom builds, wisdom owns. St. Peter exhorts us:

"Let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 2:5).  

Wisdom, then, "builds" an intercessor! God desires every intercessor to be a sanctified, spiritual and prayerful "dwelling place in the Spirit": "You have chosen this house to bear your name, to be a house of prayer and petition for your people" ( 1Mc. 7:37). Wisdom's house is always God's house. The "building" of an intercessor is a process just as the building of a house is a process. First, one must learn to surrender. Wisdom "builds" an intercessor by first renewing him in love, and befriending him in contemplative communion. Then, faith begins to grow. Faith is foundational.

          In Mt. 16:18 Jesus says, "Upon this rock I will build my church." This rock is the rock of solid faith.  As faith grows within one's heart, the gift of wisdom begins to be activated. As St. Louis De Montfort reminds us: "As faith is the foundation of all religion, so is it the basis of all wisdom and perfection"(St. Louis De Montfort, cited in Jesus Living in Mary:Handbook of the Spirituality of St. Louis Marie de Montfort, p. 1259): A "believer is "built" gradually and advances by the responses given to God, who calls" (Dictionary of Mary, p. 124).

           In the fullness of time, the Word--Wisdom himself-- built a house in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary in order to offer his life on the cross as "Saving Love", and to renew humanity in his image (see Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary: "Mary, Seat of Wisdom", vol. I, p. 133).

          In Is. 56:7, the Lord says, "My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples." We note that it is both "My" house, and for "all" peoples.  An intercessor's life always belongs to God--not to oneself! Wisdom's house is always God's house: "You are mine" (Is. 43:1).  St. Paul reminds us of this truth when he says, "I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me" (Gal. 2:19B-20). It is the life of Jesus within an intercessor's heart that is the root of all effective intercession. Belonging to God completely, an intercessor is formed to be a prayer warrior--a house of prayer--to share in God's love for all peoples! 

           Jesus is "crucified" Wisdom just as he is the "crucified" Word. An intercessor is invited to share in the crucified love of the Lamb of God in the world. Wisdom, himself, "builds" an intercessor  in the midst of a communion of love. This is a covenant relationship that is established by God in our hearts meant to "bear fruit for the multitudes" (see CCC #'s 2713, 2719). As St. Bernard reminds us, "Let all our dealings be in the heart, where Christ dwells" (St. Bernard, abbot, cited in LH vol. IV, p.231).

          The primary end which the gift of wisdom achieves within an intercessor is holiness of life. For, a holy heart is a praying heart! We must learn to yield to the Holy Spirit if we are to be made holy. Jesus "builds" an intercessor into a "house of prayer" where love of God and love of humanity unite in a single embrace. God promises us, "I will fill this house with glory" (Hag. 2:7). This glory is the Spirit of the Father and the Son living within an intercessor, where the Lamb continues to pray and to offer to the Father in a holy communion of life.  Hence:

 "There is an appointed time...a time to build" (Eccl. 3:1,3); "behold, now is a very acceptable time" (2 Cr. 6:2).

Questions:

1)   What aspect of my life am I struggling to surrender to the Lord at this time?

2)   How have I responded and prayed when my faith has been tested in recent times?

Scriptures:

Any scripture from the text; John 14:23; Acts 20:32

"TWO-ZERO-ONE-SEVEN, TIME TO STORM HEAVEN"

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