February 16, 2017
God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them: “Be fertile and multiply and fill the earth.
Dread fear of you shall come upon all the animals of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon all the creatures that move about on the ground and all the fishes of the sea; into your power they are delivered.
Every creature that is alive shall be yours to eat; I give them all to you as I did the green plants. Only flesh with its lifeblood still in it you shall not eat. For your own lifeblood, too, I will demand an accounting: from every animal I will demand it, and from one man in regard to his fellow-man I will demand an accounting for human life.
If anyone sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; For in the image of God has man been made. Gn_9:1-13
And we wonder why the animals won’t come near us, as they did for St. Francis. And we wonder why people become such strangers to one another. And we wonder why there are those who make such a big deal about abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment and war. (Hopefully that’s us.)
We not only want to be saved from that eternal damnation upon our final accounting, but we want EVERYONE else to be saved as well. THAT’s God’s love: from the love of the animals to the love of every other person alive, even our enemies!
Pray, beloved, for ALL of our salvations. And keep on loving, just as God does, because we have been made in HIS image!
And His image is LOVE!
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