December 17. We're only a week away from Christmas Eve, and my little clan is only a few days away from getting to see their Babcia and Poppy for the most wonderful time of the year.
When the O Antiphons begin, I feel like our Blessed Mother's painless labor is beginning, and it's time to begin closing out the world--finally finishing the online Christmas shopping; finally just deleting all those store emails screaming sale! Sale! SALE! in my inbox; getting all the boys' dress shirts pressed and ready for the Masses and celebrations to come. These little retreats from the modern world and surface preparations help me remember the reason for all the hustle and bustle.
Today it is the Prophet Isaiah begins preparing our hearts to receive the greatest Gift:
O Sapientia: “O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.” Isaiah had prophesied, “The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.” (11:2-3), and “Wonderful is His counsel and great is His wisdom.” (28:29).
Come Lord Jesus, come quickly.