Inspiring Message-Sirach 17:1-15

One of the key ways in which humanity reflects the image of God is in our capacity to choose well. We are the only moral beings in Creation. Our capacity to reflect upon the meaning of life is what sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. Let us be sure to put this capacity to good use. Socrates reminds us that “the unreflected life is not worth living!” This is very true and yet it seems the majority of the world spends very little time reflecting upon the meaning of life.

Sirach 17:1-15

1 God from the earth created man, and in his own image he made him. 2 Limited days of life he gives him and makes him return to earth again. 3 He endows man with a strength of his own, and with power over all things else on earth. 4 He puts the fear of him in all flesh, and gives him rule over beasts and birds. 5 He forms men’s tongues and eyes and ears, and imparts to them an understanding heart. 6 With wisdom and knowledge he fills them; good and evil he shows them. 7 He looks with favor upon their hearts, and shows them his glorious works, 8 that they may describe the wonders of his deeds and praise his holy name. 9 He has set before them knowledge, a law of life as their inheritance; 10 an everlasting covenant he has made with them, his commandments he has revealed to them. 11 His majestic glory their eyes beheld, his glorious voice their ears heard. 12 He says to them, “Avoid all evil”; each of them he gives precepts about his fellow men. 13 Their ways are ever known to him, they cannot be hidden from his eyes. 14 Over every nation he places a ruler, but the LORD’s own portion is Israel. 15 All their actions are clear as the sun to him, his eyes are ever upon their ways.


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