Friday 13th November – Friday of week 32 of the year
Reflection: Wisdom 13:1-9
DISCOVERING TRUE WISDOM
Have you ever imagined how your internal organs work? Have you ever imagined the greatness of the mind that keeps nature in perfect order? As you appreciate the creative power of the human mind, does it ever lead you to contemplate the power of the Creator himself? If we truly take time to reflect on all this, we cannot but agree with the first reading that it is great foolishness to appreciate and adore the creation of God more than God himself?
It is agreed that the beauty of creation is unimaginable yet quite alarming that many young people today, in a bid to seeking power, wealth and knowledge have given out their souls to small gods; gods like fellow human beings who are considered powerful and diabolical, non-living idols up to the extent of the worship of nature. They have now accepted to live in fear and terror rather than living as free-born just as God created them.
Beloved, seeking the truth and wisdom outside God is in vain. God is all in all. He that made the beautiful things of the world can make your life beautiful. Let the wonders and beauty of creation you encounter each day deepen your desire to seek God and live in obedience to Him.
PRAYER: Father, please give me the grace to always look up to at all times and to always know that you the living God. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 46 – When He listens to the message of creation and to the voice of conscience, man can arrive at certainty about the existence of God, the cause and the end of everything.
HIDE A TREASURE: Anyone who does not know God is simply foolish. Such people look at the good things around them and still fail to see the living God…” Wisdom 13:1 GNB
Today’s Readings: Wisdom 13:1-9; Psalm 19:2-5; Luke 17:26-37
Monday 9th February – Monday of week 5 of the year
Reflection: Genesis 1:1-19
APPRECIATING THE WONDERS OF GOD
It is essential for us to appreciate God’s work of creation. The beauty of creation leads us to see God’s wonders more clearly and helps us to make meaning out of life. Most of us do not understand how wonderful God is outside the personal blessings we receive from him. We do not see the beauty in his work (nature) around us.
Dear friends, find time to go to places with vegetation, flowers, waterfalls and other places that show forth the beauty of creation and appreciate God in his majesty and glory. The psalmist says in Ps104:24 “How many are your works, oh Lord! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your riches. Bless the Lord, my soul”. By appreciating the beauty of creation, we tap into God’s beautiful works and this beauty is added into our lives.
Such peaceful and quiet scenes such as parks, gardens and nature conservative areas are also very important for us in our quest to draw closer to God. They give us a break from the hustle and bustle of life and the noise around us, providing us with a serene atmosphere which allows us to get into fruitful meditation on God’s word.
God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. – (Anonymous)
PRAYER: Lord God, please beautify my life just as you beautified the world. Help me to appreciate the works of your hand. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 45 – Do natural laws and natural systems come from God also?
Yes. The laws of nature and natural systems are also part of God’s creation.
Man..is shaped by the order and the natural laws that God inscribed in his creation. A Christian does not simply do “whatever he wants”. He knows that he harms himself and damages his environment when he denies natural laws, uses things in ways contrary to their intrinsic order, and tries to be wiser than God, who created them.
HIDE A TREASURE: “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork” Psalm 19:1 RSV-CE
Today’s Readings: Genesis 1: 1-19; Psalm 104: 1-6, 10-12, 24, 35; Mark 6: 53-56