“O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth. When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you set in place – what is man that you should be mindful of him or the son of man that you should be mindful of him? You have made him little less than the angels and crowned him with glory and honor…” (Psalm 8 )
When Saint Ignatius was recovering from the battle wounds he suffered at Pamplona, he passed much of his time gazing at the stars. Taking note of the glory of God’s creation, it was while he gazed at the stars that the seeds of his conversion began to take root. Seeing God’s plan for creation unfolding in the vast sky, we cannot help but see the author of that plan, the Word of God in action.
The Word of God, Jesus Christ, is an indispensable fact of who God is, a loving and creative Trinity from the beginning of time. As Christians we experience the fullness of God’s love. We knowingly worship Him as our creator, our master and our gift – from God to us and then offered back to the Father in sacrifice. We are made Holy through the work of the Holy Spirit given to us at our Baptism. In this way, we recognize the complete Trinity dwelling in our hearts, calling us to our vocation of unity and love.
As Saint Ignatius put it, “Man was created to praise, reverence and serve God Our Lord.” In doing so, we share in the work of the One who lives in us, taking our rightful place in creation. By imitating the humble Christ in a total self-offering to the Father, in accordance with the Holy Spirit, we are indeed made “little less than the angels.” Through our seemingly insignificant existence amidst the enormous cosmos, we share in the glory and power of the One God who has dominion over the entire universe. —Fr. John Brown, S.J.Please share the Good Word with your friends!
Lord, we are in awe of your magnificent power. We marvel that God Almighty would call us by name. You sacrificed your only begotten Son so we might live forever in eternal love. And through your Spirit you live in us, always seeking our best and calling us to a deeper life in you. May we be open to your voice this day as we hear the whisperings of the Holy Trinity. –The Jesuit Prayer Team
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Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
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