Lasting Words: The Book of Wisdom
Sacred Scripture on Beauty and Truth….
For the first reading at my funeral (read more about that HERE) I would like these words from The Book of Wisdom proclaimed. This is God divinely understanding primitive beginnings of finding Him – understanding my own primitive ignorance, when I did not believe in Him and, yet, sought the truth through science alone. I have always wanted the truth and been drawn to Beauty, loving the beauty of the natural world, even in my ignorance of God. God was speaking to me – and I recognized Him not. God is merciful. (It is clear to me now how Saint Augustine was inspired to write what he wrote on the Beautiful One.)
When my body is in attendance at my last Mass, I want all people in attendance to be filled with the same desire of truth that filled me in my earthly life – and to receive Wisdom from God, as I mercifully did while I still breathed within God’s beautiful Creation of the natural world. Let us have mercy on those who still do not know the fullness of reality, that they may come to know God and the fullness of who they are as God’s beloved creatures!
(In case you’re wondering, yes, I am working on my book – although this is prescheduled, I trust in God’s mercy that progress is being made. I will be checking on the comments, so please bug me! 🙂 )
Foolish by nature were all who were in ignorance of God,
and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing the one who is,*
and from studying the works did not discern the artisan;a
Instead 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.b
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.c
Or if they were struck by their might and energy,
let them realize from these things how much more powerful is the one who made them.d
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 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?
© 2018 Christina Chase
Bible Version, NAB
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Although crippled by disease, I'm fully alive in love. I write about the terrible beauty and sacred wonder of life, while living with physical disability and severe dependency. A revert to the Catholic faith through atheism, I'm not afraid to ask life's big questions. I explore what it means to be fully human through my weekly blog and have written a book: It's Good to Be Here, published by Sophia Institute Press.
That’s a brilliant reading.
How’s the book coming?
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It is brilliant, isn’t it? So much wisdom to be found in that book of the Bible 🙂
The book is coming along – thanks for asking! I finished the rough draft and have begun work on the first draft, cutting out extraneous pieces and trying to thread everything together, chapter by chapter. Hopefully, God willing, the complete first draft will be finished by March 1, which was my goal! Then, I’m sure, a whole rewrite before I send it off to an editor in April, knowing me.
Although I am still hit with doubt from time to time, I am determined to keep the faith and not give up. How is your book coming? Know that you are in my prayers.
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That’s fantastic news! I imagine the rough draft is the most important step.
I’m maybe approaching the end of my (very) rough draft. It’s a bit short so far, but it might get fleshed out more later, and being short is ok too.
Thank you, you are in mine too.
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Amen. Sacred Words from Sacred Scripture Book of Wisdom. Beautiful.
Peace and Joy in the Most Light of Christ Jesus.
Peace and joy to you! Thank you for reflecting with me on divine wisdom.