Chaplain’s Message – June 2018
“What is man, that you are mindful of him….” as Psalm 8 asks God. We might ask the same question. We know we are not self-sufficient. We are quite conscious of our vulnerabilities, our dangers; domestic ones of violence and financial fragility. We are conscious of world-wide vulnerabilities: turmoil, terrorism, threats from adversary and enemy nations. Closest to home is our vulnerability from the fragility of our own health, and our final earthly destiny of dying. We therefore have reason for gratitude to God, who protects us in all these dangers. God is self-sufficient; he doesn’t need us.
Why, then, is God mindful of man? Why did he create us, with all our abilities and talents? Why did he save us from our sins by the death of His only-begotten Son? We should ask, not only what is man to God but also why is God mindful of us. It is because he loves us, despite our unworthiness and weakness, a love he demonstrated in the passion and death of Our Lord, something we celebrate this month in devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Sacred Heart of Jesus, whose feast day we celebrate this month, is the symbol and more than the symbol, also the source of that divine love which redeems us and looks after us in this life and in the next