Thursday, February 21, 2008
Beauty Reflects God's Love
When we are caught up by a beautiful sunset, or a breath-taking sunrise, or just gaze at the stars on a clear night, we feel awe and reverence and a closeness to God. Sometimes it just takes us by surprise that our world has such beauty. God gives us all the same sunsets, sunrises, moon and stars; why do we not see this beauty as God's gift and be grateful? Why do we not take better care of this beautiful world?
I have just heard of the death of a father of a very dear friend in Scotland. Please pray for the repose of his soul and for Jane, her mother, and her brother.
Yesterday, I heard of the death of the grandmother of our secretary at the University and promised prayers for the grandmother but also the mother, her daughter and the great-grandchildren.
We are made for God and yet, when we lose someone close to us, their is such a void. I strongly believe in the Communion of Saints and find that those who go before us are still with us in so many ways.
I was going to reflect on the Gospel for the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, but instead will recall the Psalm response: "The Lord is my Shepherd; there is nothing I shall want." The Lord leads us to restful waters and is always at our side.