Thirtieth-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Wisdom is Jesus Christ Personified:
The First reading of this Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time captures the essence of who Christ is? In the English Literature, there is what is called “Literary Genre”; in other words, a “Figurative Language or Figure of Speech”. This is a scenario where the meaning or the message embedded in the writing is not on the peripheral – not easily or immediately perceived. The author of the Book of Wisdom begins with a very incisive opening line: “Resplendent and unfading is Wisdom”. Then it goes on to speak in the Third Person pronoun. Our introductory explanation is important to avoid any confusion on the use of the pronoun ‘She’ in reference to our discourse this Sunday. Jesus Christ is Wisdom personified. We diligently sought after Him in solitude and patience. We long for His counsel, because freely He gives His gifts. Anyone who waits for Christ in patience, prayer and silence, always finds joy and happiness. Boy, how right is the author when he writes about Christ in the figurative language, using Wisdom to speak about Him, many centuries in the Old Testament before the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ in the New Testament. Let us assimilate the content of the reading: “Resplendent and unfading is wisdom, and she is readily perceived by those who love her, and found by those who seek her. She hastens to make herself known in anticipation of their desire; Whoever watches for her at dawn shall not be disappointed, for he shall find her sitting by his gate. For taking thought of wisdom is the perfection of prudence, and whoever for her sake keeps vigil shall quickly be free from care; because she makes her own rounds, seeking those worthy of her, and graciously appears to them in the ways, and meets them with all solicitude.”
In the Gospel of Matthew, brethren, Christ brings this figure of speech to its full meaning with the parable of the ten virgins: five foolish ones and five wise ones. The rest of the story is very prophetic and eschatological, that is, the parable is worthy to teach us wisdom and good for the end of our life travails on earth, as we continue our eternal journey with God in heaven. We are, therefore, encouraged to always seek Wisdom in what we do – particularly in prayer. We shall never be deceived or be confused by those who attempt to mock prayer or mock our hope and faith in God. Seek Wisdom while you can; search for Wisdom while you still can find Christ- never give up and never let your guard down. Amen.
Father Uche Obikwelu