‘Lightning and clouds, bless the Lord.’ Dn 3:73
Fr. Joseph E. Korf, pastor, Staples Sacred Heart and Motley St. Michael Churches
As I sit here putting together this reflection indeed there is lightning and thunder that announces that a storm is approaching which will bring us much needed rain to water a parched earth. As I listen to the thunder and watch the lightning, I cannot help but think of Canticle from the Book of Daniel (3:56-88) in which the author blesses the Lord for all His works. The author looks around and sees God’s hand in all of creation and encourages us to “Praise and exalt Him above all forever.”
As we continue to share in these summer days it is well for us to take a moment each day and reflect on how God is touching our life. To appreciate how His creative hand brings forth the necessary gifts of the sun and the moon. How He brings forth rain and heat to make things grow in order that we might have food to eat and clothing to wear. How he has created each one of us uniquely different yet all of us being part of His one family.
In this Canticle the author captures all of what God has created and encourages them to bless the Lord for His mighty works. Let our souls be filled for so wonderful a God. I close with the following portion of this Canticle:
“Let us bless the father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Let us Praise and exalt him above all forever. Blessed are you, Lord, in the firmament of heaven.
Praiseworthy and glorious and exalted above all forever.”
God’s blessings to all and may your summers be filled with joy and happiness. May it be a time of refreshment and renewal. May it be a time of safety for all who bring forth that which provides food for our nourishment.