Day 46: Heaven and Earth (325-330)

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven, we love you and we thank you. We know that you have made more than we can see, more than eye can see, more than ear can hear, more than the human heart and mind can understand. You have made all. And we ask you, Father in Heaven, to reveal to us the world that you created. The world that is visible. Give us eyes to see the world that is visible. And give us the faith to walk in and possess, to understand in a new way, the world that we don’t see. You made it all. And you’ve made it for your Glory and to communicate your Divine Life to us. So Lord God, send our angel to protect us. And hear our prayers through the intercession of every great Saint and every Angel. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen”

Scripture References & Reflections

- compiled by Andrew Adamany

Bible Translation - RSVCE

CCC 326 "The Scriptural expression "heaven and earth" means all that exists, creation in its entirety. It also indicates the bond, deep within creation, that both unites heaven and earth and distinguishes the one from the other: "the earth" is the world of men, while "heaven" or "the heavens" can designate both the firmament and God's own "place" - "our Father in heaven" and consequently the "heaven" too which is eschatological glory. Finally, "heaven" refers to the saints and the "place" of the spiritual creatures, the angels, who surround God.”

Psalm 115:15–16

“May you be blessed by the Lord, 

who made heaven and earth! 

The heavens are the Lord’s heavens, 

but the earth he has given to the sons of men.”

Psalm 19:1–2

“The heavens are telling the glory of God; 

and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. 

Day to day pours forth speech, 

and night to night declares knowledge.”

Matthew 5:14–16

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

CCC 327 "The profession of faith of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) affirms that God "from the beginning of time made at once (simul) out of nothing both orders of creatures, the spiritual and the corporeal, that is, the angelic and the earthly, and then (deinde) the human creature, who as it were shares in both orders, being composed of spirit and body."

Genesis 1:1–2 

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void"

Wisdom of Solomon 11:17 

“For thy all-powerful hand, 

which created the world out of formless matter, 

did not lack the means to send upon them a multitude of bears, or bold lions"

CCC 329 "With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God. Because they "always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven" they are the "mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word.”

Matthew 18:10 

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven.”

Psalm 103:20 

“Bless the Lord, O you his angels, 

you mighty ones who do his word, 

hearkening to the voice of his word!”

CCC 330 "As purely spiritual creatures angels have intelligence and will: they are personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection all visible creatures, as the splendor of their glory bears witness."

Luke 20:34–36 

“And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are accounted worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they cannot die any more, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.”

Daniel 10:5–12

“I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with gold of Uphaz. His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the noise of a multitude. And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves. So I was left alone and saw this great vision, and no strength was left in me; my radiant appearance was fearfully changed, and I retained no strength. Then I heard the sound of his words; and when I heard the sound of his words, I fell on my face in a deep sleep with my face to the ground. 

And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved, give heed to the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood up trembling. Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your mind to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.”