MADE IN HEAVEN
Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Scriptural Readings: Wisdom 13:1-9; Psalms 19:2-3, 4-5ab; Luke 17:26-37
My dear encountered couples:
In our first reading from the Book of Wisdom a question like this is asked: “Why didn’t people of long ago find the true God in the things of the world?”
In all that has been created, God has left his signature, his handprint, his likeness, himself. Thinking people, interested people, awake and aware people can find God in all visible, material, physical things. So why didn’t they do that long ago? Why did they spend so many centuries worshiping the things themselves as gods? “They search busily among God’s works,” says the author of the Book of Wisdom, “but are distracted by what they see because the things seen are fair.”
It is so easy to get caught up in the beauty and value and usefulness of things that we miss the one who makes these things. When we are interested in who made something we look and find the label that says, “Made in China,” “Made in America,” “Made in Japan,” “Made in Timbuktu.” We might give a brief thought to the people of those places, and then return to thinking of the thing itself. That is often where our thoughts end - with the thing itself.
How about extending them to God? Whether something is a natural wonder or a wonder from a factory, it is basically made in heaven. And do you know by whom? By God! Try to see his label on everything the next time you go shopping.