Meditation for the Day

Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time, February 9

It Is Only When We Love As God Loves, It Is Only When We Live As God Intends Us to Live, That God’s Kingdom Will Truly Take Root in Our Hearts.

“When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you set in place – what is man that you should be mindful of him, or the son of man that you should care for him?”

When we read these words from today’s Psalm, they speak to us about the wonder that is God’s – the wonder of the works of His creation, the wonder of man’s existence, in the sense that all things were created for man.

“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.”

Then God gives the command to His creation of man and woman to “be fertile and multiply”, to propagate our species, filling the Earth and subduing it – a continuation of the wondrous act of creation itself.

There is so much profound truth in what we read today. If man is created in the Divine Image of Almighty God, then who is man that we should discriminate against men and women on any level? Why does society and the different cultures of this world create so much disparity amongst the sexes?

Even in the United States, a country founded on the principles of religious and individual freedom, it took more than 144 years from the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence before women were given the right to vote in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution!

And when it comes to equality between the races, even in the United States, we needed to fight a great Civil War, in which some 620,000 Americans were killed before we recognized the abolishment of slavery and the right of every man, woman and child, regardless of their race, color or creed, to be afforded the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”! Sadly, in certain instances, this God-given right is still yet to be fully realized in all areas of our society.

When “Evening came, and morning followed – the sixth day”, the very idea of creation and all that it entails did not come to an end. Rather, just as it is with our own walk of faith, the very wonder of our existence and our growth as a people of God is an ongoing and continuing process, until Christ comes again in all His glory when all things are brought to fulfillment.

And as a people of God, as we continue to grow in our faith, today’s Gospel challenges us to examine our priorities in life. God’s desire for us is very basic, for He calls both you and me into living a right relationship with Himself and with each other. He calls us to respond to that which He asks of us, and the purpose for which we were created – love of God and love of neighbor.

Sadly, there are many who refuse to recognize this most basic of all of God’s Commandments. Instead, the evil of relativism writes news laws in the hearts of man, laws which do not come from God. The scribes and Pharisees fell prey to this evil seduction, as do many people in the world today:

“This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me…You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.”

As a consequence, many fail to recognize who we are as children of the One True God. Many fail to comprehend our true place in the world in which we live today – in which we are to live out the will of God in our relationships with each other, in all that we say, in all that we do.

And in this failure, we truly miss the wonders of Creation and all that God intended for us to enjoy – wonders which speak of beauty, harmony and order; wonders which speak of love, peace and happiness.

Pope Saint John Paul II, in an address he gave back in January 2002, said, “For those who have attentive ears and unveiled eyes, creation is like a first revelation, which has its own eloquent language: It is almost like another sacred book whose letters are represented by the multitude of creatures present in the universe.”

In other words, it is only when we open our eyes to all the beauty which surrounds us that we truly begin to understand this “eloquent language” which speaks to us of God’s unfathomable and limitless Love – a Love which set the very act of Creation itself into motion untold ages ago.

It is only when we love as God loves, it is only when we live as God intends us to live, that God’s Kingdom will truly take root in our hearts. It is then that the “seventh day” of Creation will truly be realized in all its fullness.

“So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work he had done in creation.”

And we, too, shall rest, for it is then that we shall be one with God, in heart, mind and soul – in the Home which He has prepared for us from all eternity, our True Home for which we were made and for which we so deeply yearn.

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.’ God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying to them: ‘Be fertile and multiply.’(Genesis 1:26-28a)
  • “So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work he had done in creation.” (Genesis 2:3)
  • “When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you set in place – What is man that you should be mindful of him, or the son of man that you should care for him?” (Psalm 8:4-5)
  • “Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts.’ You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.” (Mark 7:6-8; Isaiah 29:13)
  • “Do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that you may, according to his word, prosper, and may enter in and possess the good land which the LORD promised on oath to your fathers.” (Deuteronomy 6:18)
  • “And we receive from him whatever we ask, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.” (1 John 3:22-23)
  • “…Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” (John 14:23)

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Prayer for the Day

“Lord God, Creator of Heaven and Earth,
You called us out of nothingness,
and created us in Your own Image.
You filled us with Your own life-giving Spirit,
inviting us to have a share in Your own Divinity,
so that we may be called Your spiritual sons and daughters.

“We thank you for the gift of life
and for the blessings You bestow upon us this day.
Help us to always stand in awe
at the Presence of Your Holy Majesty,
so that we may always sing the praises of Your Glory
in all that we do throughout life.

“Truly, all things come from You,
And everything that is – was once nothing.
From the depths of Your Infinite Love,
You called us into being as Your children.
We worship You, O Lord, from the very depths of our existence.
For in all that we are and have become, we forever owe to You. Amen.”

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