Dear Parishioners & Visitors,
From our text from the Book of Revelation is proclaimed: “Then I heard every
creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, everything in
the universe, cry out.” All creatures then cry out in praise of the Lamb of God.
Since the prophetic Book of Revelation, also known as ‘The Apocalypse’, our
knowledge of life in the universe has expanded at an incredibly profound
breadth. The following are two of many insights we should consider from this
text offered to us in our Second Reading today. The first is the infinite goodness
God offers in His vast billions of galaxies. The second is that we human beings
are so often divided in violent ways, and, therefore, not praising God in unity.
According to St. Thomas Aquinas, a bright yellow American Goldfinch
praises God by singing its song which is what this songbird was created to do.
The goldfinch’s identity and existence is its activity, that is, instinct. We are not
beings acting by instinct; rather, we are beings who, by our faith in Jesus, the
Lamb of God, are chosen to make decisions which prefer love over hatred and
unity over violence. The truth of Revelation is that Jesus is revealed through
our praise of Him by our decisions for life and mercy.
In God’s loving kindness,
—fr. Chris, O.P.