1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Ps 33 Blessed the People the lord has chosen to be his own; Luke 4:38-44
Today we celebrate the memory of Gregory the Great, Pope and doctor of the church. He lived in the 6th and 7th centuries.
He spent a good deal of his life bringing people together and seeking to avoid conflict or bring peace to existing conflicts. It took a great deal of energy.
He also wrote extensively on the pastoral duties, moral life, homilies and correspondence with various folks including a certain Queen, seeking to aid her in her Catholic Faith.
In his book on the Moral life he coined a very simple way to enrich and enhance one's code of living.
He coined a few pairs of words meant to assist the faithful in staying true to their moral rectitude:
Know-do, speak-live, know-act. Basically, word and action, thought and deed, prayer and duty must be aligned. In this way God descends to man and man is lifted up to be one with God.
A very simple approach to the good life.
Which brings us to the psalm for today. The Psalmist speaks these words: "From heaven the Lord looks down; he sees all mankind. From his fixed throne he beholds all who dwell on the earth. He who fashioned the heart of each, he who knows their work."
Spend a a few moments pondering that reality. Think about God looking down on us. Try to see from his point of view. Look with his eyes as you look upon others.
Ponder these words form Pope Gregory the Great: "What do they not see who see him who sees all things."