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Matthew 6:26-29: Re-Creation – Flora and Fauna

Easter Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Glorieta Canyon, Southwest, USA

When we consider the diversity of plant and animal life on planet Earth, we see the variety that pleases God; and so we might imitate that variety in our relationship with God’s creation. We might broaden our horizon to new thinking; we might open our view to varied opinions before we form our own.

When we consider the care God uses in creating our world, we might see that God lavishes love on all and does not reserve it for the few. We might consider processing our fears and anxieties through this same lens of love; we might work harder at loving all that plagues and worries us, allowing God’s presence to convert harm to goodness.

Look at the birds: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren’t you worth much more than birds? Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it?

Rather than see the animal kingdom as ours to control as we wish, we might think of ourselves as another manifestation in God’s marvelous kingdom of variety and complexity.

And why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow: they do not work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers.

Zurbarán: Saint Francis of Assisi

Rather than see plant life as ours to use as we like, we might think of ourselves as sisters and brothers of the amazingly complex kingdom of intricacy and wonder.

Jesus tells us that when we consider the great love God bestows on all that surrounds us, we might remember that God has much more in mind for us than the panoply of wonder that greets our senses. This is a promise we see fulfilled each day as we step out into the world . . . if only we might have eyes to see and ears to hear.

To discover why St. Francis of Assisi is the patron of ecology, for eco-prayers and a guide for nature lovers, visit: http://www.praying-nature.com/index.php

To learn more about this spring’s desert bloom in the Anza-Borrego desert in the southwest of the USA, visit: http://www.abdnha.org/pages/03flora/reports/current.htm 

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Sirach 33:7-15: Differences

Sunday, August 21, 2016Birds

If we ever wonder about the diversity of God’s creation, we might look at this chapter of Sirach.

Why is one day more important than another, when all the daylight in the year is from the sun?

When we believe that some of us are better than others of us, we might remember these words.

By the Lord’s wisdom they were distinguished, and he appointed the different seasons and festivals. Some days God exalted and hallowed, and some God made ordinary days.

meadow2When we use our ears and eyes, we understand God’s desire for variety.

All human beings come from the ground, and humankind was created out of the dust. In the fullness of his knowledge the Lord distinguished them and appointed their different ways.

When we open our hearts and minds, we see God’s great gift of diversity.

Like clay in the hand of the potter, to be molded as God pleases, so all are in the hand of their Maker, to be given whatever God decides.

When we observe humankind and nature honestly, we discover God’s marvelous inclusivity of many formed into one.

crowdLook at all the works of the Most High; they come in pairs, one the opposite of the other.

When we enter into the mystery of God’s creation, we witness to the marvelous differences found in God’s love.

When we compare differing translations of these verses, we open ourselves to the wisdom of God’s marvelous differences.

Click on the image of the birds above to learn more about the importance of diversity in nature

Click on the crowd image to learn about the broad diversity found in the Mexican genome

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Thursday, September 27, 2012 – 2 Timothy 2 – Purity of Heart

Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Again today we hear clear instruction from Paul about how an apostle of Christ is to conduct herself or himself.

What you have heard from me entrust to faithful people who will have the ability to teach others as well.

It is also clear that we are not to hoard what we have learned but are to pass it along and to share it with others.

Bear you share of hardships along with me like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

Paul also gives us ample warning that the life of apostleship is not an easy one.  If we are entirely comfortable with who and where we are . . . we might look around to see who is lacking in something, and then begin the work of an apostle of Christ to bring justice to the world.

The Lord will give you understanding in everything.

We cannot back away from this work thinking that we are not God’s proper tool.

The word of God is not chained.

Nothing is impossible for God and God will find a way to open the path to which he has called us.

Remind people of these things and charge them before God to stop disputing about words.

We are to act our teaching more than we are to preach it.

Be eager to present yourself as acceptable before God.

We are to live the Word of God just as Jesus did.

In a large household there are vessels not only of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for lofty and others for humble use.

We have diverse gifts which God calls into use according to his vision of the world.

Pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord with purity of heart.

Purity of intent, purity of mind, purity of heart . . . we must strain to move beyond our lacks into our promise and potential. 

Avoid foolish and ignorant debates for you know that they breed quarrels.

Bring peace.  Create places of concord.  Greet anger and anxiety with gentleness and mercy.

A slave of the Lord should not quarrel but should be gentle with everyone, able to teach, tolerant, correcting opponents with kindness.  It may be that God will grant them repentance that leads to knowledge of the truth, and that they may return to their senses out of the devil’s snare, where they are entrapped by him, for his will.

But do not back away from the challenge for when we do this we back away from God.  We are to continue to run the race . . . and run it well . . . as best we are able.

Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  Pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord with purity of heart.

To reflect more of Purity of Heart, click on the image above or go to: http://www.piercedhearts.org/purity_heart_morality/a_purity_heart.htm 

 Written on September 18, 2008 and posted today as a Favorite.

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