For He brought things into being in order that His goodness might be communicated to creatures, and be represented by them; and because His goodness could not be adequately represented by one creature alone, He produced many and diverse creatures, that what was wanting to one in the representation of the divine goodness might be supplied by another. For goodness, which in God is simple and uniform, in creatures is manifold and divided and hence the whole universe together participates the divine goodness more perfectly, and represents it better than any single creature whatever.In laymen’s terms, when God created the world, it was with the goal of drawing His favorite creature, man, to Himself -- communicating His goodness in a way we can observe, feel, smell, encounter, and wonder at. But God is infinite! How can creation adequately represent Him to limited, mortal man? Well, by presenting in as many ways as possible a little piece of the infinite Good who stands behind each individual flower, each bird, each tree, who brought them out of nothing and sustains them in being, who watches over their -- and our -- growing and dying. In the way a blue cornflower cannot, a red rose shows us our God. In the way a house finch cannot, a goldfinch conveys Him to our minds and hearts. Take a moment today to marvel at the incredible variety of the created world that surrounds you. And look beyond it - to Him who cares so much and so deeply that He also created you.
Copyright 2018 Rebecca Willen
About the Author
Rebecca's love of the written word led to her current roles as associate editor of trade books at Our Sunday Visitor, and Daily Gospel Reflections editor at CatholicMom.com. She is a nerdy Catholic, book addict, Shakespeare fangirl, amateur baker, and musician. Follow @NerdCornerBooks on Instagram for book recommendations.