the gifts of the Holy Spirit
Ecclesiasticus 4:11-19 Reflection:
The first reading from the book of Ecclesiasticus is a hymn in praise of wisdom. We are told to seek her and cherish her, but we are never told exactly what wisdom is. We are assumed to know.
True wisdom is being for not against him. This means that when we come to a situation in our lives we consider what God is saying to us and what he wants us to do in the circumstances.
When we consider what we want we may be on the right path, but often we shall be ruled by selfish desires and fears.
We are to find God in everything. Seeking God in everything is the use of wisdom. When we do this, says the writer of Ecclesiasticus, wisdom reveals herself to us.
Wisdom takes on the aspect of a person, it becomes a person within us. For the Christian wisdom is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and it is an aspect of the person of Jesus.