Our faithfulness tells us that our God the Alpha and the Omega existed since before any of [this] began.
He is the Creator of all creation.
Day Twenty of Lent: Thursday of the Third Week of Lent – Jeremiah 7
“Faithfulness has disappeared; the Word itself is vanished from their speech” -Jeremiah 7:38.
Today’s Lenten Reflection
Ours is not a world that likes to take things on faith-value. We want proof, science, and hard facts. In fact, faith is actually seen by a large part of the population as weakness; a crutch for those who need assurance to get through this life. The faith-filled are often described as “fantasy-minded” for trusting in a Divine Being who created and cares for every person. The reality is, however, all of us need a certain level of faith in this life – whether in something or someone. Take for example the fact that we cannot plan a weekend without having a certain amount of faith that Friday will indeed come. Every bit of our lives demands faith, so why not embrace the fullness of it?
Imagine for a moment seeing the world in which we live, with all its fantastic and intricate beauty, indescribable and intelligent designs and not see the hand of a Divine Creator at work. This notion is, ironically, far more unrealistic and fantasy-minded. To believe that there is nothing more than what we can see with our eyes, do with our hands, or explain by finite logic is the epitome of blindness – spiritual blindness – a blindness warned about throughout Holy Scripture.
Every design needs a designer; every book an author; every clay pot, a potter. The world in which we live, with all of its infinite design and species, has indeed a Creator. No matter how the world tries to convince you that man is like God, hold fast to the spirit within that will always prove otherwise. There is no one like our God, and your faith is a gift of His love for you. The more you believe, the more God promises to reveal His mysteries to you so stand firm in faith.
Day 20 Lenten Meditation
There are some aspects of math that dovetail so beautifully with belief in a Creator that even the most brilliant mathematical minds cannot help but wonder. One example of this is known as the Fibonacci sequence – the mathematical formula that repeats in nature such as pinecones, sunflowers, seashells, and endless man-made spirals and architectural designs. The beauty is not only breathtaking, the mathematics are simply dumbfounding. One cannot fathom being faithless in the face of it all – it is simply too powerful, perfect, and unexplainable by science. All roads thus lead to a simple question: Who set all of this perfection in motion to begin with? Fortunately, our Creation Story has been divinely laid out for us in the Book of Genesis. We are told herein that our God, the Alpha and the Omega, has existed from the very beginning. Upon further study, it doesn’t take long to realize that everything in and around us echoes this history in concrete and infinite ways.
Additional Reading Today
Lord, we pray for the grace of a steadfast heart especially in a world that is quickly losing faith. Continue to fill us with a spirit of belief so that we are able to always identify the work of Your hand in all things. Remind us that even in the most simple and mundane moments, Your spark of creative genius, generosity, and love for us is wholly present and filled therein. Forgive us, Father, for where our faith lacks and strengthen the areas wherein faith abides. It is in Your good and holy Name we pray. Amen.
Today’s suggested penance
Anonymously pray for and give alms to a charity or mission of your choice. Do not tell anyone about your plans or what you do.
“Behold the true sign of a totally perfect soul: when one has reached the point of giving up his will so completely that he no longer seeks, expects, or desires to do anything but that which God wills” –St. Bernard.