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May 27, 2021

Daily Reflection for Thursday, May 27, 2021
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Thursday’s readings at this link: CLICK HERE

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Sirach 42:15-25
Responsorial: Psalm 33:2-9
Gospel: Mark 10:46-52

Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
How beautiful are all his works! even to the spark and fleeting vision! The universe lives and abides forever; to meet each need, each creature is preserved. Sirach 42:23-24

There are times when I have trouble seeing God and feeling His presence.  He is unseen and His son, Jesus, can feel like a historical memory.  Sometimes God feels so distant that I fall out of my prayer routines and just go through the motions of my life without thinking about what God wants of me or what I should be doing to carry out His will.

The place where I find it easiest to reconnect with God is in nature.  Maybe it is the solitude or the quiet or the beauty of the natural world, but it is when I am alone hiking in the woods, climbing a mountain, or gazing on the setting sun that I feel closest to God.  The beauty of His creation does something to me.  I am humbled and moved.  I feel small and insignificant in comparison. 

Furthermore, the beauty of His creation moves my soul and I cannot help but give thanks to God for how He has gifted us.  It is proof to me that God exists and loves us.  When I think about how diverse and amazing the natural world is—from the oceans to the outer reaches of the universe now visible to us through technology like the Hubble telescope, it really is staggering how wondrous God is.  If He can create all of this and that is only but a glimpse of His majesty, then what else lies in store for us in Heaven?

It’s at those moments where I am like Bartimaeus, the blind man whose eyes were opened.  I can see clearly in those moments exactly how God is all around us and loves us so very deeply.  It is a reminder of how lucky we are to experience God in all His glory.  I also know that it is not simply the gift of the natural world, but our very life and the love of those we meet that He has bestowed on us.  In these moments, I feel called back to God’s side.  Of course, I realize that God has always been there and is always there.  Too often I don’t take the time to look.  I am blind to where God is and need Jesus to help open my eyes.

Today may your eyes be opened to the glory of God and to see how fortunate we are to receive His many gifts!

Peace and blessings,
Pete Kuester

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