We are at the end of Lent 2017. There was no Liturgy this morning, the only day out of the year when Mass is not celebrated. The churches are silent. So during the silence it’s time for some serious reflection. The readings for the vigil Mass (sundown begins the celebration of Easter) give us plenty to think about this Holy Saturday.
God created man in his image;
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them, saying:
“Be fertile and multiply;
fill the earth and subdue it.
Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air,
and all the living things that move on the earth.”
God also said:
“See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth
and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food;
and to all the animals of the land, all the birds of the air,
and all the living creatures that crawl on the ground,
I give all the green plants for food.”
And so it happened.
God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good. (Genesis 1)
There is equality on every level. Having dominion does not mean running the earth into the ground for personal gain. It is stewardship. We are the gardeners. We have a scared duty to care for this garden. God didn’t make the earth and us perfect. He made it “good” which is the first form of a comparative adjective. The comparative is “better.” The superlative is “best.” So far we have been given something that is good, life, the earth, it’s people. What are we going to do to make it “better?” The challenge of Genesis is clear. It is not about competition between the sexes or competition between the haves and the have nots. It is a challenge to join together to make this world better than it was before we showed up. Are you up for the challenge?
and so it goes…