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posted by alias Robert Cowlishaw (Mertonian) on Saturday 26th of December 2020 07:45:02 PM

The LORD begot me, the beginning of his works, the forerunner of his deeds of long ago; From of old I was formed, at the first, before the earth. When there were no deeps I was brought forth, when there were no fountains or springs of water; Before the mountains were settled into place, before the hills, I was brought forth; When the earth and the fields were not yet made, nor the first clods of the world. When he established the heavens, there was I, when he marked out the vault over the face of the deep; When he made firm the skies above, when he fixed fast the springs of the deep; When he set for the sea its limit, so that the waters should not transgress his command; When he fixed the foundations of earth, then was I beside him as artisan; I was his delight day by day, playing before him all the while, Playing over the whole of his earth, having my delight with human beings. (Prov 8:22-31; NABRE) I was brought forth, I was there, I was beside him—from Bulgakov in the East to Merton in the West the Christian Wisdom tradition hears in these lines the music of an expansive divine-human mystery, a dual hymn evoking not only the presence of Christ, the uncreated Wisdom of God who orders and “plays” in the universe, but also, through Christ’s humanity, as it were, the primordial presence of the human race, created Sophia, in whom God rejoices and delights always... ... This reaching across the threshold of eternity and history, heaven and earth, divinity and humanity, comprises the erotic structure of the whole Bible. Bulgakov thus envisions Sophia as the eros of God become one with creation, the love between Father, Son, and Spirit that “opens room” in God’s self for creation and incarnation. As Merton proclaims, we are “saved by love, yes, even by eros.”.., ... “In me the world is present, and you are present. I am a link in the chain of light and of presence.” The Wisdom tradition gives a positive language, that is, a Name, to an experience that resounds in persons and cultures everywhere: the intuition of nature’s silent receptivity and gratuity, its beauty, mystery, and ontological depth in God—Sophia. Life itself, fundamentally, is on our side. -“Christopher Pramuk, At Play in Creation,

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