On the first day of each week of Advent, Seeing the Word will post an illumination paired with an audio reading of the associated Scripture passage. The subsequent days will feature the six movements of visio divina: Listening, Meditating, Seeing, Praying, Contemplating, and Becoming Christ-like.
Week One•Day Seven
Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Proverbs 8:22-36, 9:1, 5-6
The pursuit of wisdom is a timeless endeavor. People of all times and cultures have sought after wisdom. To be wise allows one to live with understanding of one’s identity, to make sense of one’s circumstances, and to live in the world in a way that is life-giving and fruitful. While the outward manifestations of wisdom take many forms, wisdom itself is unchanging. Thus the Church invites us to stand on the foundation built by those who have sought the way of wisdom before us. Doing so allows us to embrace the security she provides. As the Church hoists us onto her pillars, we can radiate the light of Christ as the moon reflects the light of the sun.
Many individuals long to walk in the way of insight but do not know where to begin or what that looks like. Christians who sit daily at the gates of the Lord become lights to those who are still finding their way. Wisdom says, “For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord” (Prov. 9:6). May we use our favor for the sake of drawing others into the great banquet Wisdom has prepared, so that all might know her, so that all might find life and live. May we, like Wisdom, be hospitable to all whom we encounter, truly rejoicing in the inhabited world and delighting in the human race.
Rachel Gabelman is a Master of Divinity candidate at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary. She serves as a graduate assistant with Seeing the Word.