Sunday, January 31, 2021

Foster: matter matters

Sunday, January 31, 2021
    Commemoration of John Bosco, Priest, Founder of the Salesian Teaching Order, 1888
    “You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.”
    —Nehemiah 9:6 (NIV)
    God loves matter. In his original creative acts God affirmed matter again and again, declaring it good at every point along the way. We, therefore, should take the material world quite seriously; it is the “icon” of God, the epiphany of his glory. We must not dismiss material things as inconsequential—or worse yet, as genuinely evil. The stuff of the material world—what Pierre Teilhard de Chardin called “holy matter”—has been created by God and again he declared it good, very good (Gen. 1:25,31). The material world is intended to enhance human life.
    ... Richard J. Foster (b. 1942), Streams of Living Water, Harper San Francisco, 1998, p. 260 (see the book)
    See also Neh. 9:6; Gen. 1:25,28,31; 2:19-20; Job 26:7; John 9:2-3; 2 Cor. 9:8-10; 2 Pet. 1:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your goodness is echoed in everything Your hand has touched.
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