Today’s reading from the book of Sirach lays down the basis of all biblical wisdom literature. The basic premise is that we have been created good by God, who gave humanity everything necessary for survival, created and shared the wisdom to know and love God, and opened up the nations for their inheritance. Humanity was given every possible advantage and blessing. And so it is wisdom to cooperate with all of this grace, and to remain connected to God. This God notices everything, “their ways are ever known to him.”
When you think about it, this is an incredible honor for us profane creatures. We have been created in the wisdom of God, whose foolishness, we are told, exceeds our human wisdom. So even on our worst days, we are still part of God’s wonderful creation, and we are always called to relationship with God who gives us everything we need.
Everything we need includes salvation, paid for at the price of the life of his only begotten Son, on whose body, blood, soul and divinity we are fed. The strength of this heavenly food draws us more deeply into Christ who keeps us close to him. The Psalmist sings of this wisdom: “The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.” How blest are we who fear and love our God who made us to participate in his divine wisdom!