From our New Testament reading, from Acts: ‘Paul, standing in the middle of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything. And he made from one every nation of men to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their habitation, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after him and find him. Yet he is not far from each one of us, for ‘“In him we live and move and have our being”’’.
St John Chrysostom comments: ‘Creation, Lordship, the having need of naught, authorship of all good — these he has declared. But how is He worshipped? … Not only He gave life and breath and all things, but, as the sum and substance of all, He brought us to the knowledge of Himself, by giving us these things by which we are able to find and to apprehend Him…. though He be not far from every one of us. Why look now, He is near to all, to everyone all the world over! What can be greater than this? … So that both at every time and at every bound it was possible to find Him’.
May we know Him this day, in our hearts, in nature, in our everyday human interactions, and ‘feel after Him and find Him’; and may God bless you this day.