Bible Reading (Wisdom 7:22-8:1)

(Wisdom is a reflection of the eternal light, untarnished mirror of God’s power.)

Within Wisdom is a spirit intelligent,

holy,

unique,

manifold,

subtle,

active,

incisive,

unsullied,

lucid,

invulnerable,

benevolent,

sharp,

irresistible,

beneficient,

loving to man,

steadfast,

dependable,

unperturbed,

almighty,

all-surveying,

penetrating all intelligent,

pure

and most subtle spirits;

for Wisdom is quicker to move than any motion;

she is so pure,

she pervades and permeates all things.

She is a breath of the power of God,

pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty;

hence nothing impure

can find a way into her.

She is a reflection of the eternal light,

untarnished mirror of God’s active power,

image of his goodness.

Although alone, she can do all;

herself unchanging,

she makes all things new.

In each generation she passes into holy souls,

she makes them friends of God and prophets;

for God loves only the man

who lives with Wisdom.

She is indeed more splendid than the sun,

she outshines all the constellations;

compared with light, she takes first place,

for light must yield to night,

but over Wisdom

evil can never triumph.

She deplores her strength

from one end of the earth to the other,

ordering all things for good.

The word of the Lord.

R.) Thanks be to God.

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