Saint for the day: Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335 – 395)
Note: When the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord was celebrated yesterday, the Church allows the readings of Monday to be connected to the readings of today in order to keep the continuity of the beginning of these two scriptures;
Hebrews 1:1-6 Psalm 97 Mark 1:14-20
Hebrews 2:5-12 Psalm 8 Mark 1:21-28
“The Kingdom of God is at hand: repent and believe in the Gospel.”
Our Holy Scriptures are often like a can of worms. Once you start fooling around with them you often find yourself more confused than enlightened. Once the Church began to move some of the celebrations connected with Christmas cycle we sometimes were left at odds about how we move from Christmas, to Epiphany, to fit it all in. So, today, we’re being invited to “catch up” since yesterday was the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord with scriptures that were specific to that celebration. That’s why the Church allows yesterday’s regular cycle to be added on to today’s selection so we don’t miss any important points.
“What is man that you should care for him… yet you have crowned him with Glory and Honor.”
God, who holds the waters of the ocean in His hands: how great thou art. One of the “perks” to living in San Francisco is the proximity to the Ocean where I can get on a pleasant bike ride through Golden Gate Park. There is something beautiful about sitting at the edge of the world – or at least at one of the edges and looking out at the vast expanse of Ocean. I can only marvel at God’s handy work. The tide comes in to let us see how hard God works trying His best to clean up the white sands coast that we have littered with all our man-made junk which is not of His creation and which He can’t break down in His “washing-machine-like cleaning process. We can’t blame God for all the things that are going bad in the world for we have caused so many of them by our careless attitude about the junk we have created. If we were more in tune with God’s creation things might be better. God set this world up to be self-sustaining and it would work if we were more in harmony with His ways. As the waves churn back and forth He is able to break down all the natural flotsam & Jetsam and re-cycle it back. It’s all the plastic junk that we’ve made – and tossed out that He can’t deal with. So… bottom line: harmony with God and all His creation is key to seeing the wonder of God who holds the waters of the oceans – and us – in the hollow of His hand. Amen!