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The sword of the angel was placed in the hands of men and it was the sword of truth.

Meditation of the Day found in Magnificat

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God. There was heaven; there was hell. But the power of God was his goodness and his Word was the Word of love. He uttered Fiat and the earth was made, and man. The earth reflected his beauty and men partook of his life. In the quiet and cool of the evening God walked with man. The peace of the world was less only than the peace of heaven itself. In each was the harmony only God can produce, and joy only goodness sustains. But man was free, free to worship, free to look elsewhere than God.

The fingers of hell reached into the world. Man turned his back to the soft radiance bestowed upon the earth by the sun of God’s making. He chose to be blinded by the deceptive, distorted glimpse of Lucifer’s lightning flash. The peace that was heaven’s retreated; the harmony of love gave way to the dissonance of hate. For light there was darkness. Between man and the gifts God had given was an angel with flaming sword.

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God. There was heaven; there was hell; there was earth with a promise. The power of God was his goodness and his Word was the Word of love. A virgin uttered Fiat and the earth was renewed, and man. For the thunderous word of creation, speech uttered in power and might, was the whisper of Mary’s submission, soft in humility. For the crash of Lucifer’s downfall was the flight of the Son of God. He came down as the rain, falling gently; as a bird upon the wing, swiftly, quietly finding a resting place in Mary, as a bird finds its nest. He was a dove sent forth from heaven and he returned with a branch of peace, his cross.

…Between man and the gifts God had given was an angel with flaming sword… It flamed and the flame was the Spirit reaching to God in burning love…

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God. There was heaven and hell and the earth stained with the Blood of God. And the power of God was his goodness and his Word was the Word of love. Again he breathed forth his Spirit and there was a new heaven, a heaven of peace and of praise, in the hearts of men. Once again did God walk with men. The breath of his Spirit was heard and it was a mighty wind. The sword of the angel was placed in the hands of men and it was the sword of truth. It flamed and the flame was the Spirit reaching to God in burning love.

Father Elwood Ferrer Smith, o.p.

Father Smith († 1992) was an American Dominican priest, theologian, professor, and author. / From The Mariological Institute Lectures, Theological Series, Volume 1. © 1959, St. John’s University Press, Jamaica, N.Y.