398th Meditation

“What is man that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him? Thou hast made him a little less than the angels, thou hast crowned him with glory and honour” (Ps 8:5-6).

Why did our Father create man? He who possesses fullness in Himself, who is perfect, who lacks nothing and does not need to evolve… There is no other reason that could have moved God to give life to the whole of creation – and particularly to man – than the mystery of His love. This observation is of unfathomable depth, because love permeates all of God’s visible works.

When we admire nature and see its incredible diversity, when we are filled with awe as we contemplate its beauty, when we perceive the tenderness and care with which our Heavenly Father called everything into existence, then these wonderful words of the psalm come to mind:

“What is man that thou art mindful of him?”

Indeed, man is even more glorious than anything we can perceive with our senses, for God created him in His own image and likeness (Gen 1:27).

A few days ago we heard how St. Augustine, in his search for God, questioned the elements, obtaining from them the answer that they are not God, but that He created them.

So, when people, in their search for God, try to understand and explore the human being, when they discover their beauty and the diversity of their gifts, one could answer them in the same way: “Man is not God, but he was created by Him, who made them only little less than the angels.” What a grace!