February 11, 2019

What does the Atlantic hagfish, the Coral polyp, the Nudibranch sea slug, the Medusa jellyfish, the Spinulosida starfish, and my curious grandson swimming under water, have in common? They make the Lord glad in his works.

We read today from the book of Genesis: “Then God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin so that the dry land may appear’. . . and the basin of the water he called ‘the sea.’ God saw how good it was.”

The hagfish lives how it was designed by God when it produces buckets of slime. So also the Coral polyp, when it attaches itself to a rock, divides, and forms beautiful reefs; likewise the Nudibranch and the Medusa when attached in a symbiotic way; as well as the Spinulosida when it stretches out in its uniquely beautiful pattern; the same for my grandson playing in the water looking for water creatures.

On January 25, 1865, Fr. Peter Julian Eymard began what is referred to as the “Great Retreat.” The grace he experienced during this time was a spiritual insight that he would never stop talking about until the end of his life: the gift of self, that what we are inside is more important than any exterior project or work.

Fr. Eymard urged his followers to “consecrate faithfully to (God’s) greater glory their talents and virtues, their studies and work, without anything for themselves.” Living eucharistic lives—sharing our own unique gifts and talents—without any thought of self, is what God designed us to be. May the Lord be glad in his works, when like a hagfish, a Spinulosida, or a curious seven year old, we are as God created us to be.

Which of your many talents is God asking you to share today?

Let us Pray:

May the Lord be glad in his works.
How manifold are your works, O LORD!
In wisdom you have wrought them all –
the earth is full of your creatures;
Bless the LORD, O my soul! Alleluia.
May the Lord be glad in his works.


Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)


About Jim Brown

Jim Brown is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament. He is the director of the Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (CEE) and has worked in a professional capacity for over 30 years with the Congregation. He and his wife live in Cincinnati Ohio.