Posted by: livingscripture | February 19, 2009

Sixth Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


God blessed Noah and his children and said to them…For your own lifeblood, too, I will demand an accounting: from every animal I will demand it, and from one man in regard to his fellow man I will demand an accounting for human life.                    (Gen. 9, 1/5)


How should we live this Word


Noah, the symbol of the new man, was saved from the great flood, the punishment for the spread of sin.  The repopulation of the world came under the blessing given him and his family, as a type of new creation.  The Lord, ‘merciful and patient; slow to anger and great in love’, re-populates the earth with living beings and hands them over to humans, thus trusting them once more.


God gives humans responsibility for respect toward all of creation but especially for human life.  He is the vindicator of those He has set over all the other creatures, making humans responsible for sovereign respect and for guaranteeing the life of each other.  The sacred text underlines that – in the image of God have humans been made – a great motivation!


The first covenant of cosmic dimensions is stipulated by the Creator on the basis of these covenants.  The rainbow that opens up into radiant colors in the clouds after the tempest is the everlasting sign of this. noah-dove-rainbow


In my pause for silent contemplation today, I will find or visualize a bit of creation that radiates beauty and peace.  I will imagine it embraced by the rainbow and I will make my own the promise of the Covenant God has made with me as well, giving me responsibility for all my sisters and brothers.


Lord, You are God with me!  Grant that I may live each moment with You.  Help me to accomplish little gestures of understanding, tenderness, and re-assuring love toward those around me.


The voice of Mahatma Ghandi, apostle of non-violence


Live life!  Tell it to those who do not understand it.  Open yourself to hope.  Live in its light.  Take goodness and give it to those who do not know how to give it.  Let it grow on the earth.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: