Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Fifth Tuesday of Epiphany--Beauty

The editors of the Mosaic Holy Bible chose “beauty” as the theme for this week’s liturgical readings from Isaiah, Psalm, 1 Corinthians and Matthew.  Where is the beauty in each passage?  What is beauty?

Isaiah 9:1-7
Light and glory vs. darkness and despair
A government of peace, fairness and justice vs. slavery and oppression

Psalm 19
Beauty in the skies—the stars and sun
Beauty in God—perfection, trustworthiness, truth, clearness
Beauty in man—cleansed of and free from sin

1 Corinthians 12:12-31
Beauty of man—many different parts make the whole
Ears, eyes, hands, feet, liver, heart, genitals, bowels
Beauty of the Church—many different parts make the whole
Apostles, prophets, teachers, etc.
Jew, Gentile, slave, free, Catholic, United, Mennonite, Vineyard, Orthodox

Matthew 4:12-23
Beauty in Jesus—prophecy fulfilled

Love is the beauty of the soul.
                                    --Augustine of Hippo

God, I want to walk in beauty.

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