Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Tradition sets aside this week for reflection on the Trinity. Many of us have probably had more than one lesson on how complex and weighty a matter it is to comprehend the Trinity. But here the voice of wisdom invites us to experiment with a lighter touch. If you want to understand the Trinity, perhaps it's better not to let your thoughts run too deep; let them range imaginatively to the joys of cherished relationships and to the rich wonders of creation. Wisdom recalls with delight being the first of creation, and then "being there beside him like a master worker." Here we find a deep sense of playfulness in the way God rejoices in the "inhabited world" and in the "human race." In contemplating the particularities of creation, the earth and fields, the "first bits of soil," or God's assigning the limits for the seas, perhaps we will come closer to understanding our God, this Trinity who longs to share with creation and us in the wonder and goodness of our world.
O God our wondrous Creator, when we are tempted to be confused or put off by mind-boggling complexities, invite us to delight with you in the wonder of your creation and to risk joining you in the playfulness of relationships that fill us with ever-unfolding new joys. Amen.
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 (NRSV)
1 Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice?
2 On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries out:
4 "To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that live.
5 O simple ones, learn prudence; acquire intelligence, you who lack it.
6 Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right;
7 for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
9 They are all straight to one who understands and right to those who find knowledge.
10 Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold;
11 for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
12 I, wisdom, live with prudence, and I attain knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.
14 I have good advice and sound wisdom; I have insight, I have strength.
22 The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago.
23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth—
26 when he had not yet made earth and fields, or the world's first bits of soil.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.