Deadly tornadoes in Fairdale and Rochelle, Illinois and Sand Spring, Oklahoma.
Christians beheaded. Jews targeted.
Truth and polite honesty assailed as hate.
Even pets. How many of us have lost a beloved furry baby… dogs, cats, horses, livestock?
And this list merely scratches the surface.
This is how the first four months of 2015 begins…
… can you believe we are already four months into 2015? Twenty fifteen?? …
… this is how it is every day in our fallen world.
It’s no different today than it was two thousand years ago.
Such is the world we have always lived in.
And nature relentlessly takes its course. None of us live forever, no matter how hard we try to prolong our existence, in spite of the zealous attempts of the safety nazis (sorry) to shield us from every risk. Our sweet pets are taken from us before we want to let go.
The clock ticks. Our mortal bodies decay.
This is our existence.
What good is it?
My sister, Stephanie, sent me a 3 minute, 29 second video about how insignificant our world is in relation to the vastness of the universe. Part of the title suggests that the video will make you question your entire existence.
I dunno… for me, it affirms and strengthens my faith.
Consider, for a moment, the vastness of the universe. Consider, as the video demonstrates, how small is our planet compared to the size of the other planets that orbit our sun, how small Earth is in relation to our sun, how small our sun is in relation to other stars, how vast our galaxy in relation to our solar system, how small our galaxy is in relation to other galaxies.
How enormous is the universe in which we live?
Yet the God of that Universe, His creation, begot His Son through a mere mortal human being, the Virgin Mary, the lifespan of His existence less than a blink of an eye in the grand time span in the life of the ever-expanding Universe.
To save us.
But He did! And for more than 2,000 years — again, no more than a blink of an eye in the grand time span in the life of the ever-expanding Universe — Jesus Christ has been attracting believers who know that He showed up here.
I watch that video and I think of the vastness of the universe, too. I ponder the likelihood of the existence of life elsewhere.
And I know that if life exists on another planet elsewhere in God’s ever-expanding Universe, He has appeared there in the form of His own image, to save them as well.
How can I make such a bold statement?
Because the God of the Universe is Love. Because the God of the Universe is Mercy. Because the God of the Universe is Truth.
I watch that video and I think of the vastness of the universe. I compare the safety of our atmosphere-controlled world to that of a mother’s womb. Temperature regulated. Just perfect for the lifespan of our time there… or here. Not without dangers. Not without natural disasters.
But meant to surround us in a cocoon of protection and relative safety.
Until it’s time to move on.
The feast of the Dedication was taking place in Jerusalem. It was winter.
And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon.
So the Jews gathered around him and said to him,
“How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me. But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep.
My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” – John 10:22-30
Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read my thoughts. My intention, beginning Friday, April 17, 2015, is to post a brief, daily meditation based on the readings from the day’s Catholic liturgy. I would appreciate your help and encouragement. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.