Posted by: livingscripture | June 28, 2009

Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 God formed man to be imperishable; the image of his own nature he made him.

 (Wisdom 2, 23)

 How should we live this Word

 This passage taken from the Book of Wisdom opens with a fanfare of victory over all pessimistic outlooks about death and its pervasiveness in the world.  It states, ‘God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living’.  In fact, God created all things that they might have being.   Genesis, in the first book of the Scriptures, had already stated this basic truth.  God made us in His image and likeness, of His very nature.3e9336de6[1]

 This does not apply to a dog, a cat, or a horse!  There is an enormous distance between the animal kingdom and the human race.  The distance lies in this, that we are called to live forever.  Our ‘sister death’, as St. Francis says, is only momentary.  The victory is life eternal.   ‘God does not rejoice in the destruction of the living.  All the creatures of the world are wholesome, and there is not a destructive drug among them, for justice is undying.’ 

 The objection immediately arises, Then why is there so much evil, so much suffering, and death?  It is not only the demon but all the forces of our ego that lead to death.  Today is Sunday.  Think of how many deaths occur along the roads because of the foolish, uncontrolled desire to go over the speed limit and pass others who are traveling.  We are the ones who procure death and every kind of evil.  God respects our freedom from the very first day of the creation of men and women.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on how I use my freedom.  Above all, I will re-confirm my faith in regard to a world that is, of itself, full of life, beauty, and the positive.

 Lord, thank You! I contemplate You and adore You even in the petals of a flower!

 The voice of Hèlder Camara, witness 

How fascinating, Lord that the creatures Your hands have created, the birds and the wind, bring the seeds of love and peace from plant to plant and from tree to tree.

 

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