The liturgical calendar today offers us the option of celebrating St. Albert the Great, a renowned Dominican of the 13th century. He was a learned scholar who was also a man of great faith and theological depth. The first reading for today’s mass is especially significant in light of the life of St. Albert the Great.
Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Reading 1 Wis 13:1-9
All men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God,
and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is,
and from studying the works did not discern the artisan;
But either fire, or wind, or the swift air,
or the circuit of the stars, or the mighty water,
or the luminaries of heaven, the governors of the world, they considered gods.
Now if out of joy in their beauty they thought them gods,
let them know how far more excellent is the Lord than these;
for the original source of beauty fashioned them.
Or if they were struck by their might and energy,
let them from these things realize how much more powerful is he who made them.
For from the greatness and the beauty of created things
their original author, by analogy, is seen.
But yet, for these the blame is less;
For they indeed have gone astray perhaps,
though they seek God and wish to find him.
For they search busily among his works,
but are distracted by what they see, because the things seen are fair.
But again, not even these are pardonable.
For if they so far succeeded in knowledge
that they could speculate about the world,
how did they not more quickly find its Lord?
I would encourage all of us to reflect on this message as very pertinent to our day. The last sentence is especially worth pondering.
God bless you. Bishop Joseph Strickland