We are the Wisdom of God in Christ

THURSDAY: Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time


We are the Wisdom of God in Christ

Christ is the wisdom of God (1Cor.1:24). Christ embodies every definition of divine wisdom. Christ is the fabric of every virtue, value and valour espoused in Wisdom 7:27-8:1. Undoubtedly, this concept takes our minds back to the Incarnation narrative in John 1:1-18, which the author of Wisdom 8:1 encourages us to look forward to the word of God and yearn for them, and it will instruct us.

Put differently, to assimilate the word of God is to conform to Christ and to own the wisdom of God. At creation, God endowed humankind with his breath (Gen.2:7). At Baptism and Confirmation, God enriches humankind with the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Is.11:2-3) and hence the reason God thinks of us as extensions of himself (Ps.82:67; Jn.10:34). From creation, God bestowed his anima (mind, soul, and spirit) upon humankind. Paul confirms this when he says we have the mind of Christ (1Cor.2;16). This is what it means to be his heirs and coheirs of Christ. That is to say, we already possess all the gifts and talents of Christ and God expects us to exhibit the same level of integrity with Christ (Is.62:1). To do the opposite is to fall from grace like any ordinary prince (Ps.82:7).

Looking back at the qualities the wisdom of God carries with it really calls us to a higher level of self-consciousness and accountable stewardship. We cannot take ourselves for granted. We can ill afford to underestimate our vocation and mission in the world as believers. Indeed, the kingdom of God is already among us and in us. Such must be our conclusion when we realise that what is in us is greater than what is in the world (1Jn.4:4).

In the realization of the same, we must agree with Christ’s saying, “The kingdom does not admit for observation … (Lk.17:20).” Instead, it calls us to a higher level of consciousness and active collaboration with Christ as a people who already live, move and have their being in him (Acts 17:28). He has already transferred us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light (Col.1:13). To be in Christ is to be in the kingdom (1Jn.5:11.20).

Therefore, Christ meant that we must become active participants with him as his chosen people, his royal priesthood, his holy nation, as God’s possession to proclaim the virtues of the kingdom of God. God brought us out of the kingdom of darkness into his glorious kingdom of light to sing his praises (1Pet.2:9). We already possess the gifts of the Spirit. For this reason, Christ designated us as the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matt.5:13-14) to preserve the integrity of the kingdom in the midst of a corrupt world.

Let us rise my friends. Let us abandon the stupidity of the devil and his promises. Let us make good and full use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which we received at Baptism and Confirmation. Let us live up to our responsibility and stewardship as gods so that the virtues, values, and valour of God will never go to waste among his chosen ones in the world.

O God, open my eyes and my mind to the wonders of your wisdom already at work in me that I may never squander my presence here on earth.

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