Thursday 1 June 2023

About Today Readings

St Justin

Ecclesiasticus 42:15-25. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made – Psalm 32(33):2-9. Mark 10:46-52.

The beauty of God’s works in nature

In the second century CE St Justin the martyr endeavoured to become a philosopher. He sought reason to find truth and hoped happiness would follow. One day, he met an old man on the beach who challenged him, saying deeds were more important than reason. The old man described the ancient Hebrew prophets and their direct experience of God. Significantly, this meeting happened on a beach. The evidence for God’s works is often found in nature. Imagine blind Bartimaeus’ awe on seeing the landscape after Jesus miraculously cured him. St Justin theologised a divine plan in history, a process of salvation structured by God. To Justin, the Old Testament and Greek philosophy merged. Psalm 22 offers a joyful hymn praising the creative word of God. There is much to be celebrated on St Justin’s feast day, not least of all the evidence of God’s works in nature. Spending time in nature enriches the soul.

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