Readings of the day:
Acts 17:15, 22-18:1
Psalm 148:1-2, 11-14
A poem springs from my heart as I read the encounter of St. Paul in athens; the people there had the knowledge of God, but they ascribe little of him, little of him in their representation.
Here is the poem:
The Heaven is clothed in thy name
Your linen sweeps across the ocean
For all to contemplate its silk
Your rays dig deep into the
Elements that springs the earth
Lo! The heart of men conceive you
They smell the trails of your feet
That your giant leap parade
Their heart know you stand behind
But their brain is dim
To tell your stand
They search tirelessly to ascribe you
To write a name to your face
To enshrined what swells in their heart
But they fail to draw the fullness
Of thy eyes
Send down as of old
Thy spirit of light into their hearts
To tear their weary eyes to behold
Your true arms
Paul called them the people of Athens ‘religious’ because their heart longs for God, calls for his embrace, but they can’t perceive him the way he is. With his words of who God is in Christ, some were converted that day.
It seems to me the great challenge we have this day is not like that of athens, for majority of the world knows Christianity, the problem is indifference, unbelief and narcissism.
Like Paul’s, Christ needs our hands, mouths and feet to live out the Christian principles, to show that God truly exist in our lives. People may sneer at us but quite a few or who knows a large number of people may also be influenced by us.
May God grant us his grace to live true to his name.
Peace and Love of Christ.