November 14th, 2003
Tom Shanahan, S.J.
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|The Memorial of St. Joseph Pignatelli,
The first reading in today’s liturgy from the Book of Wisdom
reminds me of the possibility we have of coming to learn more about God by
contemplating the world of nature. I can remember, as I am sure most
of us can, moments in my life such as looking up at the myriads of stars
and planets on a clear summer’s night and experiencing the inevitable feelings
of smallness in relation to the magnificence of the skies and wonder and
awe at the God who created such a splendid universe.
It is truly humbling to consider the vastness of the universe and to then
experience the wonder and awe in a God who created such a magnificent world.
The text makes the point clear: “let them know how far more excellent
is the Lord than these (the created world).”
The Response psalm also picks up on that theme, “The heavens proclaim the
glory of God.” How blessed are we in the goodness and mercy of God
which literally surrounds us in the world of nature.
In the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola it is expressed as “finding God
in all things.” Wherever we look we can discover God and the “hand”
of God at work. We are invited this day (and all days) to discover
God in the world of nature. Our invitation is to see beyond the
artistry in the world of nature to the Artist (creator) of the universe.
Lord, God, thank you for the wonders of your world of creation which you
spread before us at all times. Help us to keep our eyes and ears open
to those wonders and to respond with gratitude and service especially to
the voice of the poor with whom we come in contact.
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