The Lord created human beings out of earth,
and makes them return to it again.
2 He gave them a fixed number of days,
but granted them authority over everything on the earth.*
3 He endowed them with strength like his own,*
and made them in his own image.
4 He put the fear of them* in all living beings,
and gave them dominion over beasts and birds.
6 Discretion and tongue and eyes,
ears and a mind for thinking he gave them.
7 He filled them with knowledge and understanding,
and showed them good and evil.
8 He put the fear of him into* their hearts
to show them the majesty of his works.
10 And they will praise his holy name,
9 to proclaim the grandeur of his works.
11 He bestowed knowledge upon them,
and allotted to them the law of life.
12 He established with them an eternal covenant,
and revealed to them his decrees.
13 Their eyes saw his glorious majesty,
and their ears heard the glory of his voice.
14 He said to them, ‘Beware of all evil.’
And he gave commandment to each of them concerning a neighbour.
15 Their ways are always known to him;
they will not be hid from his eyes.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Our reading from the book of Sirach recalls the creation narrative of Genesis. We are invited once again to use our time and talents, our gifts and energy wherever we find ourselves spending our time. God writes the “law of life” into each of our hearts and sends us forth to make a difference…at least a small difference for others.
As I prepare for the beginning of Lent this week, how can I share some hours of my life with family coming season? How might I waste time with someone who needs a helping hand, someone who needs some words of encouragement, someone who needs a place to talk, a time to speak, a heart to listen?
—The Jesuit Prayer team
Take, O take me as I am;
Summon out what I shall be.
Set your seal upon my heart,
and live in me.
—John L. Bell, © 1995, the Iona Community
Please share the Good Word with your friends!