Friday, March 23, 2018 – the 5th Week of Lent

Saint for the day: Turibius of Mogrovejo (November 16, 1538 – March 23, 1606)

 Scriptury readings for today’s Liturgy:

Jeremiah 20:10-13 – Ps. 18 – John 10:31-42

 Here I am – almost at the tail end of yet another Lent. I’ve been consciously going through various incarnations of this liturgical season for about 60 years. What have I learned about life, God, Jesus, suffering, death and resurrection? In the end I think that we haven’t really come very close to fully understanding the vast reality of God’s inter-action with the universe that He created and then said, “It is good!”

St. Thomas says, “grace builds on nature” and yet we don’t begin to understand what nature is all about. How can we talk about the intricacies of God when we know so little about nature. Scripture tells us “we are created a little less than angels yet I see through BBC Programs that there are fantastic worms at the bottom of the ocean who have devised ways to survive in a very hostile environment and we still can’t figure out how to provide adequate conditions for vast numbers of people living on earth. “What a piece of work is man…” John 3:16 means that we must come to understand what death means since Jesus says, “if we believe in Him we shall not taste death.” God created an incredible world that we can’t even begin to understand. How much more do we not understand about death?

Sorry. Big questions that I only begin to articulate and I don’t really know the answers yet. I’ll continue – I hope – to go through these seasons of Lent, Easter, Ordinary – and extraordinary times on my way to the kingdom that even my incredible imagination can only begin to scratch at the reality of.


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