The “O Antiphons” begin tonight in the liturgy of the hours prayed around the world. They express our longing for God who is “beyond all names” but whom we address under many ancient titles.
Tonight we cry out for God who is Wisdom. This is the God who blesses us with the capacity to discern, to sift the sands of goodness in our lives and find the path of our heart’s desire. This is the One who helps us grow out of our small self. The God of Wisdom curbs our reflex for snap judgments and quick criticism. The Wise One invites us to live with open minds and big hearts, seeking to understand what is different, what is complex, what is frightening to us.
“O Come, O Wisdom! To us the path of knowledge show~ and teach us in her ways to go.” Let us wait for Wisdom to light up the path for us, to prepare the way, to whisper from behind us: “Here is the road. Follow it.” (Is. 30:21) But we need some stillness in order to listen well. Maybe that’s why the Church reserved the O Antiphons for evening prayer. Just before drifting off to sleep, take a moment to let your heart long for Holy Wisdom.