Posted by: fvbcdm | December 17, 2013

Feast of Saint Olympias (17 December 2013)

On the seven weekdays before Christmas Eve, we traditionally celebrate the O Antiphons —those short, ancient prayers that call Our Divine Lord by seven different names asking him to come to us at Christmas.  The first of these, on December 17, says this: “O Wisdom of our God most high, guiding creation with power and love, come to teach us the path of knowledge.”

If we are to understand the value of this O antiphon, we must focus our attention upon the remarkable contrast between divine wisdom and what seems from a purely natural point of view, to be foolish. Why in the world would the Savior of the world, who is God, choose to be born in poverty, to be placed as a baby in a feeding trough for animals (that is what a manger is), to live in poverty so severe that he had “nowhere to lay his head” and then to die in agony on a cross? He is born, lives, and dies like that, and then expects us to believe in his infinite wisdom? What does he take us for?

Saint Paul speaks of this strange situation. He says that the sufferings and death of Christ are “a stumbling block to Jews and nonsense to the Gentiles” but to us who understand by faith the rightness of what Jesus did, it is the wisdom and power of God.

So, my dear friends, as we pray this first O Antiphon at the beginning of the Gospel in today’s Mass and then again before the Canticle of Mary in today’s Evening Prayer, let us ask our divine Lord to share his wisdom with us so as to teach us “the path of knowledge.”  Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This is a CDM composed by Father Brown in the past.


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