Grace to you!
Looking through the windows of my praying room, and seeing the blue skies and lush of green grass on the fields and the shades of colorful fading leaves of the trees as they open their arms to winter, I feel a unique connection with nature’s Maker.
I love nature. It strikes a chord in my deepest aspirations. Nature has a language. It speaks to me as it speaks to many who are open to its conversations.
It reminds me of people like Saint Francis of Assisi who was renowned for his deep connection with nature. As I hinted in my book, Our Journey to God, Saint Francis’ ability to see the imprint of divinity communicated through nature is profound. The Saint “found in nature God’s fingerprint and he deepened his relationship with God through contemplation of his beautiful handiwork…”
“The Little Flower, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, had a special connection with nature also, so much so that she could see the profundity of God in every flower. Lilies of the valley, daffodils, canyons, flowing waters, seasons—nature’s serenity reveals its order, and its order implies an Orderer.
This curiosity might also begin with looking at ourselves—human beings, the apex of creation, whose beauties and complexities make us wonder how we have been so intricately made. The psalmist draws from this aspect of God’s creatures in lyrics about the heavens and natural law—the orderliness of divine law flowing from the orderliness of natural law, which in turn flows from the perfection of the Creator, “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” (Ps. 19:2)
This language of nature is the Creator’s gift. The Book of Wisdom points us to its revealing power and it is granted to the wise who understand that creatures point to the Creator.
“For all men who were ignorant of God were foolish by nature; and they were unable from the good things that are seen to know him who exists, nor did they recognize the craftsman while paying heed to his works” (Wis 13:1).
If you’re able to recognize God in nature around you, you are blessed. Thank God for that grace granted you. Not everyone has received the same grace. Pray for those who don’t have it. Be tender and compassionate towards them. Those who see nature as nature without a higher purpose are beckoning our prayers for deeper spiritual insight.
It is wisdom that you are able to see God through the work of His hands. It is equally wisdom to look with compassion on those who see it differently.
We thank God that He enables us hear him speak to us through the works of his hands. We are blessed when we hear nature speak to us about its Maker.
I pray that all things around us will be vehicles of divine conversation and intimacy. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Friday Week 32 A: Wis 13:1-9; Lk 17:26-37]
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Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.