Daily Office Readings for Tuesday after the 5th Sunday of Easter: Year 2
“For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Matthew 6:7 – 9)
I like thinking of myself mostly as a day creature (maybe). I rise before the sun comes up and go to bed shortly after it sets. However, as I take a distant look of the solar system through space cameras and art I realize that during the day, wherever we are standing, the earth is facing inward toward the sun.
But at night, our view is toward the universe, the vast expanse of interstellar space. Hey, I’m “pondering” here ok. Our night time view is one of taking in the stars and planets, and the universe that God created. I have become familiar with the “Big Dipper” and “Orion’s Belt” the occasional visitation of Venus and Mars and other planets and constellations as they make their journeys in their God-given paths.
So for me, night is more than just a time for sleep, it is also a time of wonder. I agree with Kallistos Ware as he says, “It is not the task of Christianity to provide easy answers to every question, but to make us progressively aware of a mystery. God is not so much the object of our knowledge as the cause of our wonder.”
Therefore, in pondering reflection, I think we are both day and night creatures. And as Matthew says, we are on our own God-given path to salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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