Friday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Josaphat—(1580-+1623) Bishop and Martyr, Patron Saint of Ukraine
Wisdom 13:1-9, Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5, & Luke 17:26-37
The Book of Wisdom invites us to ponder the created world's attraction and wonder at a mystery. It is a mystery why the power of fire and wind attracted so many civilizations and the beauty of the stars and the sea, yet despite them, many did not come to know the true and living God through these marvels of creation. In the words of the text, "…from studying the works they did not discern the artisan."
In today's narrative from the Book of Wisdom, we might sense a call to reflect on the beauty of nature, but what then? We may see beauty, but will we see the glory of God in it? In some cases, it is unlikely if our eyes are blind to the beauty of God at work in our hearts.
Question of the Day: How will you remove any defense that prevents you from seeing and appreciating the wonders of God?
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the wonders of your world of creation, which you always spread before us. Help us keep our eyes and ears open to those wonders and respond with gratitude and service, especially to the voice of the poor with whom we come in contact. Amen.