Dies Domini 15: Praise and Thanksgiving

In God’s graceful sanctification of time, human beings who believe offer a natural response of gratitude. And we are more than believers–we stand on a relationship with a loving God who responds to us in our need and comes to dwell in our midst.

15. All human life, and therefore all human time, must become praise of the Creator and thanksgiving to him. But man’s relationship with God also demands times of explicit prayer, in which the relationship becomes an intense dialogue, involving every dimension of the person. “The Lord’s Day” is the day of this relationship par excellence when men and women raise their song to God and become the voice of all creation.

The great rabbi and theologian Abraham Heschel gives us more food for thought form his first published book. I love the metaphor of God as an architect of time. When we acknowledge God is the Creator, we can take a proper place among those who cooperate with his mission in the world.

This is precisely why it is also the day of rest. Speaking vividly as it does of “renewal” and “detachment”, the interruption of the often oppressive rhythm of work expresses the dependence of man and the cosmos upon God. Everything belongs to God! The Lord’s Day returns again and again to declare this principle within the weekly reckoning of time. The “Sabbath” has therefore been interpreted evocatively as a determining element in the kind of “sacred architecture” of time which marks biblical revelation.(Cf. A. J. Heschel, The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man (22nd ed., 1995), pp. 3-24) It recalls that the universe and history belong to God; and without a constant awareness of that truth, (humankind) cannot serve in the world as co-worker of the Creator.

Everything belongs to God, even aspects of our universe that do not have physical substance–things we can hold on to.

The Vatican site has Dies Domini in its entirety.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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