THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
“For God formed man to be imperishable; the image of his own nature he made him.” - Wisdom
T his description of the identity of man is the origin both of our greatness and of our problems. It calls to mind the reflections of the Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi which I quote here at length:
The inability to be satisfied by any worldly thing or so to speak, by the entire world. To consider the inestimable amplitude of space, the number of worlds, and their astonishing size, then to discover that all this is small and insignificant compared to the capacity of one’s own mind; to imagine the infinite number of worlds, the infinite universe, then feel that our mind and aspirations might be even greater than such a universe; to accuse things always of being inadequate and meaningless; to suffer want, emptiness, and hence boredom - this seems to me the chief sign of the grandeur and nobility of human nature.
To consider that boredom is the chief sign of the greatness of our humanity. We are made for everything, absolutely everything, the infinite. To give up before we have reached that infinite would be a violence to our humanity. And yet, each of us knows that we cannot reach the stars, we cannot build the bridge to the other side, to God. So instead God has built the bridge, God has come down, and the infinite has been made achievable. We are able to achieve God, because God has become one of us.
Rev. Michael Cairnes
He took the child by the hand and said to her:
“Talitha koum,” which means,
“Little girl, I say to you, arise!”
Mk 5, 41.