January 28, 2017
St. Thomas Aquinas
They were filled with great awe and said to one another, "Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?"
Who is he? Who is this man--this Lord, friend, teacher--full of power but hanging powerless on a cross?
Our faith is marked by questions. We seek, trusting that there must be a source to satisfy the hungers we have been born with. St. Thomas Aquinas was a man of questions and answers, all born of deep hunger and love for God. Balanced, he prayed the Mass with intense devotion, wrote beautiful hymns, sacrificed much to give himself wholly to God and share with the world the fruit of his search.
It might surprise us to view Aquinas' writings as devotional reading, but American fiction writer Flannery O'Connor did just that. She wrote in a letter, "I read it every night before I go to bed...In any case I feel I can personally guarantee that St. Thomas loved God because for the life of me I cannot help loving St. Thomas."
Creator God, may my questions lead me closer to you.
- Amy Welborn
Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19|Luke 1:69-75|Mark 4:35-41