Do you know the song "O Come, O Come Emmanuel"? There's a good chance you've sung it at some point during this Advent season.
Did you know that the verses of this song go back to the Middle Ages and special antiphons that monks used in Vespers (Evening Prayer) during the last week before Christmas?
They're known as the "O Antiphons" and each of them comes from verses in the Old Testament. You'll also hear them at Mass everyday during the Alleluia verse right before the Gospel.
Here's today's antiphon: O Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love, come to teach us the path of knowledge!
The elements of this verse can be found in the Book of Wisdom, Sirach and Ecclesiastes as well in the words of the prophet Isaiah.
How we long for wisdom! We live in a world with a lot of science and technical knowledge, but without wisdom, much of this knowledge works against humanity and the common good.
Where do we find this wisdom? Only in God. Only in the clearest revelation of God: the only son of God, Jesus Christ.
He is the Wisdom of God we long for. Since he alone is true God and true man, he alone reveals to us what it means to be of God and to be fully alive as a human being.
As we prepare for Christmas, we must remember that this God made manifest in Jesus has been with us since the beginning of time. In today's Gospel, Matthew reminds us that the genealogy of Jesus Christ stretches back from all of human history.
Yes God is from the heavens, but God is also present in the grittiness of the human story. He is one of us! The God of all creation has a name and a face: Jesus of Nazareth, hidden in the Eucharist and revealed in everyday life.
How can be more fully present to Jesus today? How can we create space for him who is the Wisdom of God as we journey closer and closer the celebration of his birth?