The sun may seem to be but one ordinary star in the entire universe but it gives out light and energy and makes life possible on earth. The passing of the seasons may be simply due to to the earth rotating around the sun but the seasons make possible the rhythm and cycle of life on earth. Rain and snow may be nothing more than the condensation of water vapors but the water they bring provides the broth of life on earth.

And so it is that a girl grows up to be a woman and becomes a mother. A boy puts on bulk to become a man and raise his own offsprings after him. People may bicker and wage wars but more often come together in community in love and service to one another. And in their solidarity, men have created civilizations, cultures and the great cities of the world. There is greed but there is greater sharing and generosity. There is hatred and anger but there is greater love and compassion. Deep inside, people know that light is stronger that darkness, life is more powerful than death and love will eventually conquer all.

I am one in a billion possibilities. But for the grace of God, in that one-billionth of a chance, I could have missed being born. Yet hare I am, not by chance but by the loving will of God. And so it came to pass that I was born. Just as the sun gives light and life, I was born to receive and give out that light and life. Just as people through the ages have built communities of love and service, I am alive to participate in communities of love and service around me. The sun shines to give life; people come together in community to love; I am alive and in love.

Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.

~ Psalm 147

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 5:17-19

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