What are human beings that You are mindful of them,
mortals that You care for them?
– Psalm 8:4 (NRSV)
What are human beings that You are mindful of them?
What is this new mystery surrounding me?
I am both small and great,
both lowly and exalted,
mortal and immortal,
earthly and heavenly.
I am to be buried with Christ and to rise again with Him,
to become a co-heir with Him, a son of God, and indeed God Himself.
This is what the great mystery means for us;
this is why God became man and became poor for our sake:
it was to raise up our flesh,
to recover the divine image,
to re-create mankind,
so that all of us might become one in Christ
who perfectly became in us everything that He is Himself.
[…] If only we could be what we hope to be,
by the great kindness of our generous God!
He asks so little and gives so much,
in this life and in the next, to those who love Him sincerely.
In a spirit of hope and out of love for Him,
let us then bear and endure all things
and give thanks for everything that befalls us,
since even reason can often recognise these things as weapons to win salvation.
– from a sermon by St Gregory Nazianzen
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Father, thank You for making us in Your image;
thank You for being so mindful of us.
Grant that we, Your beloved creation,
live our lives mindful of You.