Seeing God in Beauty

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In today’s Gospel reading from Luke 17, Jesus talks about what things would be like on the day of His return. The first Christians were convinced that that day was very soon. They knew they needed to be ready. We need to live out our faith as if that day is imminent as well.

In the first reading today from Wisdom 13, the sacred author says, “All men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God, and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is, and from studying the works did not discern the artisan.” In other words, they saw the beautiful, powerful and majestic  things created by God, but did not acknowledge him as the creator.

Humans are drawn to beauty. That’s why great artists, writers, singers, performers, etc. are so celebrated. We love majestic mountains and serene beaches. The problem comes when we fail to recognize the creator of all things. God gives us great beauty to show us a little sliver of himself. Do you recognize him?

Father, we thank you for beauty. May all people discern you in the things of beauty you have given us. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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