February 8, 2017 – Wednesday in the 5th Week of the Church Year

Saint for the day: Josephine Bakhita (c. 1869 – February 8, 1947)

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

Genesis 2:4b – 9, 15-17    –    Psalm 104    –    Mark 7:14-23

“When you send forth your spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth.” (Psalm 104:28)

 Today, we are given more than enough leads so there should be no reason why we can’t find something of worth while to focus on. In the scripture from the Book of Genesis we’re told about the creation of the first human being. Out of the dust of the earth. What does that make you think of? For myself, it makes me think of the beginning of Lent which is just around the corner and the way we are “anointed” with ashes in the figure of the cross and told, “Remember, you are dust. And into dust you shall return.” That phrase is not spoken to make us think that we aren’t much good for anything. Rather, it is said in order to remind us: that no matter how difficult life might seem to be In this world. It’s not the end of our being. And, connected to that thought is the idea that, God breathed a spirit of life into us that gives us kinship with the divine. The beauty of this “Creation Story” is the fact that it didn’t take very long for those first two people – who were given everything they could possibly want or need – to try to get more!

And, all of us to this very day are still motivated by that same urge. Even when we know the reality that it’s not things that can make us happy, but the grace of a loving God who, above all else wants us to ultimately be happy with Him in Paradise. In the end, all that we have thought were marks of success will be of no value as we leave this physical world on our way to our true, Heavenly Home. As I write today’s Reflection I am keenly aware that my memory is starting to fade away and everything that I once thought was easy as a piece of cake is now a real challenge. But I’m coming to a place where I need to focus more on the spiritual dimension of life in order to know what is really important: knowing that I am created by God and given gifts to use as I make my way toward the Kingdom. Those of you who know me well, know that I had many creative talents and abilities. Now, all I have to do is view all that God has given me over my lifetime –so far – has been given in order for me to know that, as great as it’s been; and as clever as I’ve been is just the tip of the iceberg. And all of us are just on our way to something that is way beyond our understanding. And God said: “It is good!” Amen!

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