Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Soul of Man Yearns for God

In today’s reading from Genesis we heard, “At that time men began to call upon the name of the LORD.” (Genesis 4.26) As you read Genesis over and over (I suggest reading as often as you can) you will begin to see the story flow. The daily readings break the story up in ‘easy-to-read’ segments which sometimes make it difficult to appreciate the flow of the story. Today’s reading (read Genesis 4.16-26) includes the departure of Cain with his lineage, and then the story returns to Adam and Eve with the birth of Seth. The reading concludes with a hint at our soul’s yearning...but you have to step back to really see it.

As you step back and look again at the creation story you will remember that man is created in the Image of God. In the dialogue following the Fall, we see clues that the Image has been clouded. “Now he has become like one of Us,” (Genesis 3.22) are the final words before we were expelled from the Garden. Now today we see immediately that “men began to call upon the Lord.” Don’t let anyone fool you. Religion is not man-made, but a result of our soul’s attempt to return to God.

Our Great Lenten Journey allows our soul the opportunity to spend more time with God, rather than the hectic temptations the world has to offer. But we must make the effort to set aside time for our soul to commune with God. What a perfect opportunity this evening by attending the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts in your Church? Give your soul what it yearns, give it Holy Communion.

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