Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
Today’s first reading shares a basic and beautiful message: God can be seen through the beauty of His creation and He is far more excellent than even the most beautiful and mighty things on earth.
Science is a great gift that studies the natural world, God’s creation. The issue is that when we focus on the created and things rather than the Creator, we miss out on the glory of God. That’s when people get foolish, like the first reading states. It’s like analyzing a painting and marveling at the color, technique, medium, subject, overall composition, etc. and not giving credit to the artist, not considering the one who composed the beauty of what is being studied. It’s great to look at the world around us and see how intricate and wonderful things are made, to marvel at mountains and sunsets, to discover how living things function, to seek out the mysteries of the ocean or space, and so on. However, we cannot consider these created things as greater than God. The painting is not greater than the artist, but the art can reveal the greatness of the artist.
King Solomon, the author of today’s reading, makes clear to “let them from these things realize how much more powerful is he who made them. For from the greatness and the beauty of created things their original author, by analogy, is seen.” Wherever you go, marvel at the one who made all the great things around us. Share with others who study God’s works but consider the creation better than the Creator, or maybe disregard the Creator all together, the greatness of God and His love.
The God who made all the stars, planets, and galaxies in the sky and every grain of sand on every beach on earth loves you. He knows you and wants you to know Him. He offers you love, joy, and rest for your soul. So seek your loving Creator, the God who is so infinitely powerful and loves you so much that He died to wash away all the things that get in the way of your relationship with Him. Grow in wisdom and seek God in the beauty of His creation and let it bring you into a deeper knowledge of and relationship with Him.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
How have you encountered God through His creation? How has the beauty of created things helped you grow closer to Him?
Where do you struggle to see God around you because of created things around you?
Will you seek to know God through beauty and creation? How can you get to know Him more through the things He has made?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"You are excellent."
"Open my heart to you."
"You are here."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Today, pay attention to the beauty around you. Note the things that stand out to you and, when you do, say a prayer to God. Let the creation bring you closer to the Creator, see that He is with you and here for you.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Mary Griffin, a Vagabond Missionary in Greenville, NC.
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