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The New O Antiphons, II: O Lord, who thought up kangaroos and cacti…

Extended Advent II

November 26, 2023 • William A. Evertsberg • Job 12:7–8, Colossians 1:15–20

Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite said in the sixth century that in every creature, from dragonfly to behemoth, something of God’s inexhaustible nature is revealed, something that would not be revealed if that creature did not exist. At creation, God’s overflowing nature spills out of its bounds and out into every creature.

  

Every living creature tells us something unique about God, so that in man and woman, for example, we see God’s very face and God’s vast intelligence; in the smiling chimpanzee we see something of God’s smirking sense of humor; in the wolverine we see something of God’s startling ferocity...;

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