Benedictine University and’s Mark Kurowski reflects on God and the Beginning so that we can get up in the morning and make it through the day. Listen to this podcast of his reflection for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time and send us a comment . Please read Mark 1.29-39.

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For Benedictine University and, this is Mark Kurowski with a reflection for Sunday, 2/5/2012The 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

Please pause this audio and read Mark 1.29-39.
In the Beginning God ‘.’
In college, my astronomy professor once took a softball and threw it out into the large lecture hall and said, “If the Sun were the size of a softball, the earth would be the size of small pea.” He continued, “If we were to truly understand how far the earth is away from the Sun, and the Sun was the size of that softball and it was in this room, the pea or earth would be somewhere in China.”  On that day, I suddenly felt insignificant.  I felt very small in this immense universe.
I want you to remember that if the universe is as big as my astronomy professor said it is, it would be even more incredible to realize that God is outside of a universe as big as that!  Even with the Universe is being as big as it is; God is enough to be outside of it.  The reason I know this is because of something that the Scriptures tell us.
In Genesis it says in the most famous translations, “In the beginning God ‘.’ ‘.’ ‘.’.”  But I think the most important part of that sentence is “In the beginning God ‘.’.”  When you create something, you are naturally outside of it.  Now, you may create something that is big enough for you to walk into, and God did that, but you initially have to start outside of whatever it is you make.  On top of that, you have to exist before the thing which you make.
So what I am saying is that it was “In the beginning God ‘.’” God created everything.  He knows everything about it.  He had the plans and created it, not with cranes and mortar, but with the spoken word.  Isaiah says,
22  It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,  and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; [he] stretches out the heavens like a curtain,  and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;  23  who brings princes to naught,  and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.
Who would know how to fix a light bulb better than Edison? Who would know better how talk through a phone than Alexander Graham Bell?  Who would have known how to bring Apple Computer back to life than its creator Steve Jobs?  
No one.
In the movie from Disney, Tarzan, there is a scene where Tarzan’s adopted mother is sitting quietly in a tree eating her lunch.  Tarzan is creeping quietly up to her from behind.  Just as he pauses to scare the living day lights out of his Ape mother, she says, “Don’t you even think of it.”  She takes all the air out of Tarzan’s balloon.  He says in disbelief, “How did you know that I was…”  She interrupts, “I am your mother, I know everything about you.”
God is much like that.  He created everything and has intimate knowledge of it. Isaiah says,
He…brings out their host by number, calling them all by name.
     He knows you by your name.  He has created you from the very top of your head to the bottoms of your feet, he knows all about you.  He knows when you go out, and when you come in.  He knows what you remember, and what you forget.  He remembers the day you were born and knows the day you will die.   He knows it because he created everything.  It says, “In the beginning God ‘.’.”
Now, we may think that with all that God has created, he is awfully busy to be concerned with the likes of us and our small little problems.  That is not so.  Of all the things he created there is only one thing he created with the special honor of being in his image and likeness: us.  God created only us in his image and likeness–no other beast of the field or bird of the air shares that honor.  We are the special creation.  Only for us did he send his Son to die.  Aren’t we deemed by him to be worthy of his care?
God is aware and cares, like Isaiah tells us,
“Why do you say…My way is hid from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God?”
     Did God ask us how far apart the Earth must be from the Sun?  Yet, doesn’t this distance from the Sun give us just enough heat to play on the beach and cold to sled on the hills?  Why must we be able to perceive that God is at work for it to be a reality?  Isn’t it evident that he was around long before we were?  Isn’t it evident that he was around long before anything?  It says, “In the beginning God ‘.’.”
I want you to know that God, who has created you, who knows you and loves you, has this to say to you about himself through the prophet Isaiah,
 The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He does not faint or grow weary, his understanding is unsearchable.  29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.  30  Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;  31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
Did you hear that?  When the alarm clock goes off and you can’t drag one finger, let alone your body out of bed, “the Lord shall renew their strength.”  When you are sick and fighting disease and cannot move a muscle, “they who wait for the Lord shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”  Why is this possible?  It says, “In the beginning God ‘.’.”
This is the same Lord we see in the Gospel for this 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time.  It is Jesus, the Son of God, who heals the sick and casts out demons.  It is this same Lord, the one who created the universe and all that is in it that became one of us and walked our walk, lived our life, died our death, and rose to eternal life that we too would rise with him on the Last Day.  It is this same Lord, the one who defeated death that goes into us in the communion at the Eucharist.
You can trust in the Lord, brothers and sisters. You can lay your burdens on him and he will renew your strength in the holy meal today with the giving of his presence.    “Have you not known? Have you not heard?  Has it not been told you from the beginning?  Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?  In the beginning God ‘.’.”  Amen?  Amen.
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