February 9, 2017 – Thursday in the 5th Week of the Church Year

Saint for the day: Jerome Emiliani (1400 – 1486)

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

Genesis 2:18-25    –    Psalm 128    –    Mark 7:24-30

Today’s “Reflection” is archived from February 13, 2009 and I thought it was good enough for a second run!

“God is a deliverer and savior, working signs and wonders in heaven and on earth.” (Today’s ‘Benedictus Antiphon’ from Morning Prayer. (Based on Daniel 6:28)

 Early this morning the BBC was airing part of their series on Darwin and his quest to discover “the origin of the species.” And here we are reading from Genesis the Biblical story of creation! The question? How do faith, science & the Bible co-exist and how can we maintain faith & still not close our eyes to the reality of a God who brought all this about. Also, there was news that two satellites collided in space and “blew each other up to smithereens.” How do you think something like that would have been told in the OT Biblical language? “There was a great battle in the Heavens between God and the Evil one (one of the satellites was American and one was Russian!) And they destroyed each other.”

What part does evolution play in our understanding of God & creation? It just goes to show you that we are still a long way from really understanding how this world and the universe is all held together and we have made many mistakes in the way we have “eaten of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.” Just listen to any news broadcast to see some of the evils we’ve unleashed upon our world. Sorry ‘bout that! But “Amen,” anyway!

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