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“Whoever obeys me will not be put to shame” – Mary

I am not sure how we got there, but at one point this morning at Church the priest made a passing comment that every reference to Wisdom in the Wisdom Lit can be understood as a reference to Mary. Much of this literature was obviously key in christological controversies and is drawn upon in Wisdom-Christologies today. The figure of Wisdom is sometimes linked by Christians with the Holy Spirit as well. Mary typology is common with the opening of Genesis, Revelation, and probably others where she could be seen as the fulfillment of the faith of Israel – but is it common with the Wisdom Lit as a whole? Perhaps it is just another sign of my impoverished Catholic education. But then again, I am also writing a dissertation on Balthasar and do not recall seeing this.

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  1. Jordan
    February 13, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    There are multiple instances of this typology using Sirach and other wisdom passages in the Breviary; also, the readings for the immaculate conception is from Sirach. If I recall correctly, there is some material explaining the historical origins of this typology, and its relationship to the more obvious significance of Wisdom as God the Son, in Hugo Rahner’s book on Mary.

  2. Todd Walatka
    February 13, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks for the info. I’ll check out H. Rahner’s book on Mary sometime. I just went through his book on Ignatius and found it quite helpful.

  3. Jordan
    February 13, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Correction on the reading: Proverbs 8:23-35 is the “lesson” in the 1962 missal. I’ll hunt around for the Breviary references that I mentioned.

  4. Todd Walatka
    February 13, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    This also made me think of my students’ impression of the figure of Wisdom last semester. A number of groups thought that she (they usually just said “it”) was “arrogant.” This may just say something about them (they never said “the LORD” was arrogant) but it is also an interesting contrast with their impression “humble” Mary.

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