GOD’S GIFT OF SUMMER
As we read from Genesis 1 in the Bible, it took God five days to create this world, and on the sixth day, He created people, put them in charge of taking care of all He had created, wanting His family to enjoy all of His creations, be it the varied forms of water: the oceans, lakes, rivers, the varied forms of land: hills, mountains, and flat lands, not only here in America, but around the world!
“God looked at everything He had made, and He was very pleased. And so the whole universe was completed. By the seventh day God finished what He had been doing and stopped working. He blessed the seventh day and set it apart as a special day because by that day He had completed His creation, stopped working, and set it as a day to enjoy all of His creations!
Do we follow His example? Do we enjoy the mountains, hills, and waterways? Do we thank God for all His creations? We need to come to Mass, especially every Sunday, thanking God this beautiful world that He created for us to live in and enjoy! We need to find God in all of the earth! From the detail of an ant crawling on a blade of grass, to the roaring and beautiful waves of the oceans, to the beauty of the sun rising in the morning to its setting at the end of each day, we need to discover our God with our eyes, ears, hands, our minds, and hearts.
Glory and praise to our God
Who alone gives light to our days,
many are the blessings He shares
to those who trust in His ways.
We the daughters and sons of Him
Who built the valleys and plains
Praise the wonders our God has done
in every heart that sings.
Do we see God in the detail of a flower and its colors? In the touch of a rock, as something firm to hold onto? What about an apple? Do we see the three parts of God, yet one God? The skin being God the Father, lovingly holding and protecting the rest of the apple, Jesus the Son as the flesh of the apply, feeding us and nourishing us, and God the Holy Spirit as the core with seeds, with each seed bringing us the promise of new life!
Do we feel God in the warm and gentle breezes that blow through the summer and breathe God’s fresh air that travels to all parts of the world, touching all of His children, all of His plant and animal life, filling everything that needs air to live.
And the waters? He is there filling us with water when we thirst, giving us water to wash and to clean, and from the sky, water for all the plant and animal world around us. Within our Church, there is Holy water to bless ourselves as we say, “In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.” We were also baptized with Holy water and became members of God’s family.
God also gave us water to enjoy! We use it to travel and to have fun as we ride in boats, water ski, jet ski, and also to swim. Again, God is always thinking of us as we enjoy His many gifts.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, creator of the universe,
You gave the world to us as a home, and fill it with Your glory.
Teach us to recognize its wonders, to treasure its variety,
and to protect its fragile beauty.
And the night sky! How we love to just sit outside in the summer, watching the varied shapes and colors of the moon and the beauty of the stars, a shooting star, the constellations, and the planets. There is no end to the gifts God has given us!
And what about each other? He took the time to make each person unique and special, gave each one their own gifts and talents, and each person is made in the image and likeness of God! Do we see God in each other? Do we as a family see God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit alive in each person?
All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice and with us sing,
O burning sun with golden beam,
and silvery moon with softer gleam,
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
My wish for each and every one of you is that you find God in all of creation and each other wherever you may be: at home, on vacation, a visit to a park, a long walk on a sunny day, a day at a beach or a lake, or fishing in a pond. Wherever you are, may you see God with all of your senses. Give thanks and praise to God for His many gifts of creation, enjoy them, and find the blessing in each one!
May God bless you always,
Mrs. Judith Rowinski, Assistant Principal