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dc.contributor.authorButterfield, Georgeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-13T15:20:27Z
dc.date.available2019-02-13T15:20:27Z
dc.date.issued2019-02-11en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 329en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/121446
dc.description.abstractThere is a scene in the movie, Brother Sun and Sister Moon, where Pope Innocent III speaks with Francis of Assisi. In the movie the pope says to the future saint (I am paraphrasing) that we have spent so much time focusing on original sin that we can easily forget original goodness. I was reminded of this scene while reading today's first reading from Genesis which includes the first four days of creation.|God decides to create. To do this, he only needs to speak the word. Then, after the creation occurs, it's as if he stands back, looks at his creation and says, "Man, that is good!" It reminds me of children at play, using sticks and stones to build things, and then having fun with their creation. The joy comes from taking a bunch of scraps and seeing what can be done with them. The first verses of Genesis 1 speak of the earth as a formless wasteland where darkness covered the abyss. God decides to see what he can do with it. He orders, organizes, gathers, and shapes the formless stuff into something nothing short of magnificent. He loves every minute and pronounces his creation good. Our translation does a good job with this emphasis. It's not simply that he thinks his creation is good. He sees just "how good it was."|The psalm for today includes parts of Psalm 104. Do yourself a favor: pick up your Bible and read all of it. What a magnificent psalm it is. The psalmist calls upon his inner being to bless the Lord. God is so great; his robe is majesty, glory, and light. God organized everything so that it works together beautifully. The earth and the ocean each have their place. The fuller reading of the psalm really emphasizes how everything has its own role but complements the rest of creation. For example, God places birds in the sky but then also gives them branches from which they can send forth their song. What would the birds do without branches? God takes care of the seemingly insignificant parts of his world. He sees it all and says, "Man, that's good."|In the Gospel reading we see the creative power of God at work in Jesus. Jesus is a human being so, like his disciples, he gets tired and has times when he tries to get away from the crush of people who want his attention. However, they always seem to find him. They want to hear from him and they want to be cured of their illnesses or bring their relatives and friends to be healed. Jesus cannot speak to everyone or lay hands on everyone. The people discover, though, that this is not necessary. "If only we can touch the tassel on his cloak...." And all who touch it are healed. Jesus frequently got angry when he saw how illness or demonic possession could twist a human being into knots and make their lives miserable. When the people are healed, I see Jesus, just like in creation, standing back and saying, "Man, that is good." It's as if the Gospel writers are saying, Let me show you just how good God and his work is.|The evening and the morning are filled with the goodness of God.en_US
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dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.relation.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/121438
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday February 11, 2019: 5th Week of Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.typeEssay
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.date.day11en_US
dc.date.year2019en_US
dc.date.monthFebruaryen_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Law Libraryen_US
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorButterfield, George E.en_US
dc.date.daynameMondayen_US
dc.date.seasonOrdinary Timeen_US
dc.date.weekWeek: 5en_US
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dc.relation.previoushttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/121415
dc.subject.local1Genesis 1:1-19en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 104:1-2a, 5-6, 10-12, 24-35cen_US
dc.subject.local4Mark 6:53-56en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
dc.date.cycleYear Ien_US


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