the woman of my dreams
“I burned with desire for her.” —Sirach 51:19
It sounds like a preview for a modern movie: “She came to me in her beauty...I became resolutely devoted to her...I burned with desire for her...I became preoccupied with her...I came to know her secrets” (Sir 51:14, 18, 19). Who is this desirable woman of the author’s dreams? She is Lady Wisdom (Sir 51:13).
Listen to the author’s testimony concerning Lady Wisdom:
- Wisdom is innocent. “When I was young and innocent, I sought wisdom” (Sir 51:13). “Wisdom from above...is first of all innocent” (Jas 3:17).
- Wisdom is also pure. “For her I purified my hands; in cleanness I attained to her” (Sir 51:20).
- Wisdom is available. “She is close to those who seek her, and the one who is in earnest finds her” (Sir 51:26).
- Wisdom is profitable. “In the short time I paid heed, I met with great instruction...See for yourselves! I have labored only a little, but have found much” (Sir 51:16, 27).
- Wisdom is for life. “At first acquaintance with her, I gained understanding such that I will never forsake her...I have made her my prize possession” (Sir 51:20, 21).
The Lord gives nothing to those who put expedience ahead of wisdom (Mk 11:33). He gives much to those who burn with desire for wisdom (see Sir 51:19; 1 Kgs 3:9ff). “Get wisdom” (Prv 4:5).
Prayer: Jesus, Wisdom (1 Cor 1:30), I ask You in faith to give me wisdom as You have promised in Your Word (Jas 1:5).
Promise: “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.” —Ps 19:8
Praise: Mary Beth has entrusted her life to Mary, our Blessed Mother, the Seat of Wisdom, who brings her ever closer to Jesus.
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