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February 09, 2021

Gn 1:20-2:4a

And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.

These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Sacredness of creation

Genesis paints a vivid picture of the interconnectedness of God’s creation. And the connecting thread between it all? The love of God. With God’s blessing, everything he creates has the potential to bear fruit, whether physical or spiritual. Every fish, plant, seed, animal, and person is set in motion and sustained by the love of God. Every breath, blink, sigh, laugh, and tear is a gift that marks us humans as uniquely stamped with the image and likeness of God. And as such, we have the privileged responsibility to cooperate with God in the care for his creation.

At the heart of Ignatian spirituality, the First Principle and Foundation affirms that because God created all things out of love, all things have “the potential of calling forth in us a more loving response to our life forever with God” (as paraphrased by David Fleming, SJ). How can you use the gifts God has given you to affirm the sacredness of creation?

Justin Prom, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic of the Midwest Province studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

 

Prayer

Loving God, thank you for the goodness of your creation. Amen.

—Justin Prom, SJ


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February 09, 2021

Gn 1:20-2:4a

And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.

These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Sacredness of creation

Genesis paints a vivid picture of the interconnectedness of God’s creation. And the connecting thread between it all? The love of God. With God’s blessing, everything he creates has the potential to bear fruit, whether physical or spiritual. Every fish, plant, seed, animal, and person is set in motion and sustained by the love of God. Every breath, blink, sigh, laugh, and tear is a gift that marks us humans as uniquely stamped with the image and likeness of God. And as such, we have the privileged responsibility to cooperate with God in the care for his creation.

At the heart of Ignatian spirituality, the First Principle and Foundation affirms that because God created all things out of love, all things have “the potential of calling forth in us a more loving response to our life forever with God” (as paraphrased by David Fleming, SJ). How can you use the gifts God has given you to affirm the sacredness of creation?

Justin Prom, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic of the Midwest Province studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

 

Prayer

Loving God, thank you for the goodness of your creation. Amen.

—Justin Prom, SJ


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