(Part 118)


May 1, 2015

Today’s reading:  Genesis 1:26-2:3

From the very beginning, when God created everything, He put everything in proper order. But today much of the world is no longer living God’s way. Do we then wonder why there is so much crime, corruption, conflict? Why there is no peace, unity and hope? Man has rebelled against God and His design, and has reaped the consequences of his sin.

From the beginning, God signified His intent. “Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness.” (v.1:26a). We are not just creatures of the Creator but children of God. We are called to be holy as He is holy. We are called to imitate Christ. We are to be temples of the Holy Spirit. But we have turned away from God and have reaped the ugliness and depravation of sin.

From the beginning, God intended for us to care for His creation, as His stewards. “Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on the earth.” (v.26b). We have made a mess of it. We have hunted some species to extinction. We have degraded the natural habitats of many, whether rain forests or polar ice caps.

From the beginning, “male and female he created them.” (v.1:27c). This was the natural order for human sexuality. Now we have no longer just two sexes by myriads of genders. And the homosexualists insist that same-sex relationships are also natural.

From the beginning, “God blessed them and God said to them: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth” (v.1:28a). God blessed the union of man and woman in holy Matrimony and told them to have children, lots of them. They are not only to add but to multiply. Instead, today we are subtracting. Nations are already declining in overall population, and face the so-called demographic winter.

From the beginning, God provided for the food we need. “See, I give you every seed-bearing plant on all the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food” (v.1:29). They started out vegetarian, but after the fall they were allowed to be carnivorous (see Gn 9:3). But instead of the natural nutritious food provided by God, we have the greasy unnatural and harmful foods that we eat today. And even as God intended enough food for all, today we face food shortages and even starvation in some areas (but in the face of food wastage in western nations).

Such was God’s design. And God Himself pronounced judgment on what He had done. “God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good.” (v.1:31a). We look at what we have wrought upon ourselves in the world today, and those who know better find it very bad.

There is one more thing that is part of God’s design. God rested on the seventh day. “God blessed the seventh day and made it holy” (v.2:3a). The Jews had their sabbath. We Catholics today, the new Israel, have our Sunday, and celebrate it with the Eucharist. We also spend this day of rest with our families. Today, many Catholics no longer go to Mass. Many of them are out there in the world, “enjoying” the good they think the world offers them.

It is tragic.

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