THE SERVANT GENERAL
WISDOM AND PURITY
November 10, 2011
Today’s reading: Wisdom 7:22-8:1
What is considered “an aura of the might of God”
and “the refulgence of eternal light” (Wis 7:25a,26a)?
What has been described thus: “For to men she is an
unfailing treasure; those who gain this treasure win the friendship
of God” (Wis 7:14a)? She is wisdom. Wisdom intimately
connects us with God. Wisdom in us reflects the might and
light of God.
is wisdom? It is knowing how to act according to the ways
of God. Wisdom enables us to make decisions according to the
mind of God.
is a spiritual gift. There are basically two types of spiritual
gifts: sanctifying gifts and charismatic gifts. Sanctifying
gifts are intended to help a Christian grow in personal sanctification.
Charismatic gifts are intended to help a Christian do effective
service as part of the body of Christ. The former have to
do with the internal dimension of our faith, and the latter
with the external dimension. The former relate to the call
to holiness, the latter to the call to service. Wisdom is
both a sanctifying gift (Is 11:2) and a charismatic gift (1
Now wisdom is “a pure effusion of the glory of the Almighty”
and is “the spotless mirror of the power of God”
(Wis 7:25b,26b). Wisdom is pure and spotless! Further, “nought
that is sullied enters into her” and “wickedness
prevails not over Wisdom” (Wis 7:25c,30b). Wisdom is
not compatible with anything that is sullied or wicked. Wisdom
is “holy, …. unstained ….” (Wis 7:22).
Wisdom “penetrates and pervades all things by reason
of her purity.” (Wis 7:24b). Wisdom is pure.
be wise is to live pure. To live pure is to have wisdom.
does wisdom teach us, such that we can live pure? Wisdom “teaches
moderation and prudence, justice and fortitude” (Wis
8:7b). These virtues are crucial for us to live pure.
Moderation. We can enjoy the good things the world offers,
but always in moderationfrom eating to spending to
doing pleasurable activities. Acting in excess results in
gluttony, materialism/consumerism, hedonism, and thus leads
We are to watch our speech, our dress, our use of time,
our stewardship of finances, our actionsall to ensure
conformity with God’s standards. We are prudent but
We are to give to all what is their dueworship to God,
respect to our fellowmen, an equitable share of the world’s
goods to the poor.
We are to have the strength of character and the integrity
to stand for what is right and just and true. We proclaim
and live Christ.
So we see that to live pure touches on every aspect of our
lives. It is to know what is God’s way (to have wisdom)
and to act accordingly.
Wisdom passes “into holy souls from age to age, she
produces friends of God and prophets.” (Wis 7:27b).
With wisdom we are able to live pure. In living pure we become
friends of God, who is holy, and we become prophets who speak
in the name of a pure God.
to live pure, living in wisdom, is to be like Christ, for
Christ is “the wisdom of God.” (1 Cor 1:24). To
have the wisdom of God is to be like Christ, and to be like
Christ is to live pure.
there is nought God loves,
be it not one who dwells with Wisdom.”