Pondering for Thursday, April 16th 2020

Eucharistic Readings for Thursday of Easter Week: All Years

Acts 3:11-26  Psalm 8 or Psalm 114 or Psalm 118:19-24   Luke 24:36b-48

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,

What is man that you should be mindful of him? the son of man that you should seek him out?”  (Psalm 8:4 – 5)

I have read somewhere that we are byproducts of star dust.  If we are, I don’t think it is a random act.  I believe God created the stars and used the dust of those stars causing us to be, and it was, and is, intentional. We are so special that God came among us as one of us.

 Sometimes I just like to look up at the stars and be in awe at the marvels of space.  I love our Eucharistic Prayer C which reminds us that “At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.”

And then the words of the Prayer go on, “From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation.” Of course we are also reminded that “we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.” (All of this is on page 370 of the Book of Common Prayer) A sad lot we sometimes are but God loves us anyway. We are not a mistake by God.  However we have our God-given free will that we too often misuse.

So, as the Psalmist says, God is so mindful of us that God became born among us to model for us what real love looks like, agape love,  God became the living covenant that holds us together, forever.  God in Christ Jesus overcame death that through our Lord Jesus we too might believe and become born of a heavenly life for all eternity. Thank You Lord Jesus. So, are you thankful for God’s mindfulness? How are you using your God-given free will in expressing agape love? Maybe such a sacrificial love could be used to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus by keeping it away from those of us most vulnerable to it, those with compromised immune systems and the elderly.  Ironically, social distancing is a true expression of agape love.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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