What is man that Thou art mindful of him?

The Milky Way. We all live in an unremarkable outer suburb of this behemoth

Psalm 8:

O Lord our Lord, how admirable is thy name in the whole earth!

For thy magnificence is elevated above the heavens.

Out of the mouth of infants and of sucklings thou hast perfected praise, because of thy enemies, that thou mayst destroy the enemy and the avenger.

For I will behold thy heavens, the works of thy fingers: the moon and the stars which thou hast founded.

What is man that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him?

Thou hast made him a little less than the angels, thou hast crowned him with glory and honour:

And hast set him over the works of thy hands.

Thou hast subjected all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen: moreover the beasts also of the fields.

The birds of the air, and the fishes of the sea, that pass through the paths of the sea.

O Lord our Lord, how admirable is thy name in all the earth!

I was given Psalm 8 to read as part of my last penance. My confessor told me that the root of Faith was contained within it, or something like that- I am usually too overawed by Absolution to take in much else, immediately thereafter.

I imagine that the very first religious thoughts that ever entered the minds of our fallen ancestors were inspired by the sight of the night skies above them, as they lay on the savannah, their day’s busy foraging and hunting done. Before even the light pollution of the camp fire, they looked up, unable to fail to see the bigger picture obscured from daytime contemplation by the great azure, or the dances of clouds.

It never fails to fill me with awe when I behold the clear night sky. In contrast to the immense organised mass hanging above us, the human race and its works are much less than a mote of dust in comparison.

And yet, and yet, even in our dread and worthlessness, the still silent voice of He who sees us, whispers:

“I AM WHO AM.

I LOVE YOU, FOR I CREATED YOU, LIKE UNTO ME.

I REDEEM YOU, AT GREAT COST,

I SANCTIFY YOU, AND GIVE YOU THE JOY OF WELCOME HOME”

Amen.

About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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4 Responses to What is man that Thou art mindful of him?

  1. Mr Badger says:

    Brother Burrito, you have posted a superb image, so it seems churlish to criticise. But, why, if we grant the reality of the fall, did so many millenia elapse while women were mortally wounded by child birth, and children died of bone cancer, and fathers on their way home were savaged by beasts, before the incarnation?

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  2. kathleen says:

    Mr Badger,

    Are you referring to these things as happening only between the time of the fall and the Incarnation? Surely suffering, death and disasters continue to afflict mankind to this day, and will do so till the end of time on earth?
    From the very start of our human history with our first parents, Adam and Eve, God has intervened in our history and protected us – though not from suffering and the death of our mortal remains, as that is part of our human condition – but by guiding us on the path of righteousness so that one day we might be partakers of His Heavenly Home.
    Adam and Eve and all those first ancestors of ours slept in hope awaiting the time of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, when the gates of Heaven were opened up to them. We pray in the Creed: “He descended into ‘Hell’ ” (meaning Hades) to take to Heaven all those just men who had lived and died beforehand.

    I can imagine Toad complaining that they had a very long wait…. thousands of years for our earliest ancestors! But time in the other world is not measured in the same way, as we all know.

    2 Peter 3:8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

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  3. toadspittle says:

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    That’ll learn yer, Badger!

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  4. toadspittle says:

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    “What is man that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him?
    Thou hast made him a little less than the angels, thou hast crowned him with glory and honour:
    And hast set him over the works of thy hands.
    Thou hast subjected all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen: moreover the beasts also of the fields.
    The birds of the air, and the fishes of the sea, that pass through the paths of the sea.”

    And every one of these words sanctions mankind’s detestable arrogance and cruelty to his fellow animals. Thinks Toad. But he may be wrong.

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