St Josaphat | Friday 12 November 2021
Today is Friday the 12 November, the feast of St Josaphat, in the 32nd week of Ordinary time.
Bifrost Arts sing, ‘In Labor All Creation Groans.’
Today’s reading is from the Book of Wisdom.
Wisdom 13: 1-9
For all people who were ignorant of God were foolish by nature;
and they were unable from the good things that are seen to know the one who exists,
nor did they recognize the artisan while paying heed to his works;
but they supposed that either fire or wind or swift air,
or the circle of the stars, or turbulent water,
or the luminaries of heaven were the gods that rule the world.
If through delight in the beauty of these things people assumed them to be gods,
let them know how much better than these is their Lord,
for the author of beauty created them.
And if people were amazed at their power and working,
let them perceive from them
how much more powerful is the one who formed them.
For from the greatness and beauty of created things
comes a corresponding perception of their Creator.
Yet these people are little to be blamed,
for perhaps they go astray
while seeking God and desiring to find him.
For while they live among his works, they keep searching,
and they trust in what they see, because the things that are seen are beautiful.
Yet again, not even they are to be excused;
for if they had the power to know so much
that they could investigate the world,
how did they fail to find sooner the Lord of these things?
In our reading today, we hear of those who look at the elements of nature and see them as gods, instead of looking to God himself. God is described as the ‘author of beauty.’ From beauty we gain understanding of the creator. Some may enjoy nature but fail to find God through it, perhaps this thought challenges you?
In your imagination now, visit your favourite place of beauty. As you arrive look around at the things that make this place so appealing to you. Recall the details, such as sounds, the colours, smells. What is it about this place that makes it so special? What does this place tell you about God?
As you listen to the reading again, see if anything speaks to you in these wise words.
Return now to your place of beauty, picturing the Lord with you.
For the remainder of your prayer, talk together as you explore this place.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.