SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 – TUESDAY OF 23RD WEEK:
NATURE IS COMMONLY TERMED MOTHER NATURE. In the Latin language the word natura
is feminine, so that even the very masculine Romans thought of nature as
gentle, kindly, and mild in her ways.
These days, however, we in this country are given evidence that even
mothers can display another kind of character on occasion. Sudden death, wide destruction of property,
loss of homes and valuables resulted from the hurricane last week in
The more we reflect on our physical universe and the more attentive our examination of human relations, whether emotional and personal, or social and economic or political, the greater the evidence that in this world of time, good and wholesome as are many elements, yet everything seems to have a potential for disorder and destructiveness. There is an ambiguity lurking in all things and all human affairs. To succeed in business or in politics, for instance, regularly exposes one to fresh temptations that a man has not previously had to overcome. I recall a conversation I had some time ago with a gentleman engaged in the national political world, who had just completed his first year in that office. I asked him if he had learned anything from his recent experience. “One thing I definitely learned”, he answered, “is that much of what passes for virtue is just lack of opportunity!” Increased power and success in general, expand the possibility for doing good, but also exposes one to selfish greed, dishonestly, and vain pride. Such is this world of time, not just in our days, but, as history makes clear, has always placed people in situations where success involves regularly stronger temptations than painful failure.
There is, however, another world that we all given access
This activity of God that eventuates in the new creation is well suggested by a name assigned to Him that I saw for the first time this past week. Nonnus, a Catholic author writing in Greek in the 5th century, calls Him: biodotor (life-giver). He not only shows the way to the true life in the person of his Incarnate Son, but bestows it in some measure even now. This is what we thank Him for in our Eucharist at this altar. As we receive, with lively faith, the risen Body of Christ our Savior, may we be strengthened in loving trust so as to prove worthy children of that heavenly city where Himself is our light and life. &
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