BLUE SKYS

Here is a story that brings to mind all kinds of spiritual linkages. It is one that I heard from my wife, a true story that is happening in our days. When meditating on Philippians 2:5, this blue sky story led me to places heretofore outside of my boundaries of thought.

BLUE SKY

When my wife returned to South Korea to visit her family and take care of some family business, she related to me that there were many days in which the Sun never appeared and there were no blue skies. The reason was the particulates in the air from all the pollution that came from industrial factories in South Korea but mostly from China. Imagine not having control over normal weather patterns. People must wear masks, there is a high degree of frustration over not being able to see blue skies.

Whenever I see a blue sky in Florida, which is frequently, I always comment on how beautiful it looks, how much we appreciate being able to breathe without wearing a mask. I don’t take for granted the color blue.

SEEKING GOD IN NATURE

Blue sky offer me the opportunity to say thank you to God for all the blessings of nature: blue sky, green trees, and shrubs, the way the golden sun hits those same trees every day on the way to Eucharist. I am reminded of the Canticle of Daniel 3:57-88,

61All you powers, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

62Sun and moon, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

63Stars of heaven, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

64Every shower and dew, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

65All you winds, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

66Fire and heat, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

67Cold and chill, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

68Dew and rain, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

69Frost and chill, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

70Hoarfrost and snow, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

71Nights and days, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

72Light and darkness, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

73Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

74Let the earth bless the Lord,

praise and exalt him above all forever.

75Mountains and hills, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

76Everything growing on earth, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

77You springs, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

78Seas and rivers, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

79You sea monsters and all water creatures, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

80All you birds of the air, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

81All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

82All you mortals, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

83O Israel, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

84Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

85Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

86Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

87Holy and humble of heart, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

88Hananiah, Azariah, Mishael, bless the Lord;

praise and exalt him above all forever.

For he has delivered us from Sheol,

and saved us from the power of death;

He has freed us from the raging flame

and delivered us from the fire.

89Give thanks to the Lord, who is good,

whose mercy endures forever.

When you think about this Canticle of David, it doesn’t make sense according to how the World thinks. How can the sun and moon bless the Lord? They are not alive. How can ice and snow bless the Lord? They don’t have the ability to reason or to choose what is meaningful. Yet, all creation can bless the Lord by being what it was created to be. Humans were created in the image and likeness of God, yet, with the Original Sin of Adam and Eve, it took Christ becoming human to re-establish the linkage between God and humans once more. Nature provides humans with a pathway to link the World and the Spirit together. Not taking for granted the Blue sky, when they remind us of God, become instruments for us to find meaning. Nature is a pathway to God, when linked to the source of all reality, God. Only humans can be transformers of reality from the profane to the sacred.

Next time you look at the blue sky, praise God.

St. Benedict tells us, “that in all things, may God be glorified.”

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