Psalm 72; Jeremiah 3:6-18; Romans 1:28 – 2:11; John 5:1-18
“Thine is the day, thine also is the night; thou hast established the luminaries and the sun. Thou hast fixed all the bounds of the earth; thou has made summer and winter.” Psalm 74: 16-17.
On a clear night the immensity of the universe is indescribable. The Milky Way sweeps across the sky, constellations engage our imagination, and the stars continue in space forever. The moon is our constant companion. During the day our sun provides comfort and warmth; its light allows us to delight in the uniqueness of our world.
The extent of the universe is unfathomable and so, like the man that counted stars in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince, we divert our thoughts and fill our lives with things that seem to be “matters of consequence.” Diversions such as golf, entertainment, and social functions draw us in and events such as the Super Bowl, Oscar Night, and the World Series vie for our attention. These activities give us a sense that we are living a full and interesting life, but they are not “matters of consequence.” They fade with time. The wonders of God’s creations are forever.
Hovak Najarian has been a member of St. Margaret’s for more than forty years. During that time he has been a lay reader, has served on the Vestry, and has been a member of the choir; he serves currently as a Lay Eucharistic Minister. As a participant in Fr. Dan Rondeau’s Sunday Morning Forum, he also writes weekly commentaries on art selected to illustrate lectionary readings.