"My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it"
«Among all these I sought a resting place,» says the Wisdom of God, «and
I will abide in the Lord's inheritance» (Sir 24,7). In its totality the
Lord's inheritance is the Church, but above all it is Mary and, in
particular, the souls of the faithful... The text continues: «Then the
Creator of all gave me his command, and he who formed me chose the spot
for my tent, saying, 'In Jacob make your dwelling'» (v.8). For after
searching all around for a resting place and failing to find one, the
Wisdom of God, his Word, first chose the Jewish people as his
inheritance, to whom he «gave his command» through Moses... And he who
by this re-creation created the Synagogue, mother of the Church, «fixed
his resting place» in his tent - the tent of the Covenant. But now, in
the Church, he abides in the sacrament of his Body.
And since he had sought, so to speak, amongst all women for the one from whom he would be born, he particularly chose Mary, who from then on is called «blessed among women» (Lk 1,28)... Christ, who made a new creature of her (cf. 2Cor 5,17), came to dwell in her womb.
In the same way, it is to every faithful soul predestined to salvation that this Wisdom «gives the command and speaks», when it will and how it will. Either it speaks interiorly by means of our natural intellect, through which it «enlightens everyone coming into the world» (Jn 1,9), and by the inspiration of grace...; or exteriorly with teaching and by means of creation (cf. Rm 1,20)... And the Wisdom of God, his Word, who thus creates and forms this soul «in Christ Jesus for the good works he has prepared» (Eph 2,10), comes to dwell in its conscience.
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