Genesis 1:1-19 / Mark 6:53-56
Let there be lights in the sky; And God made the stars.
Author Arthur Gordon tells how one night his father woke him and took him outside. As they looked up at the sky together, little Arthur saw a star dart across the sky.Then he saw a second and a third do the same thing. “What’s going on?” he asked. “It’s a shower of shooting stars,” said his father. “You don’t see showers like this very often. I thought you might want to see this one.” Gordon said he never forgot that episode from his childhood. And he always counted himself lucky to have a father who felt that a shower of shooting stars was far more important to a little boy than a night of unbroken sleep.
Do we hold the night sky in reverence as a sign of God’s creative love for us? The stars and the planets teach us lessons we could never learn from a book.
God the Creator. God the Maker. God the Poet. When with him you look at his work, you have to say: yes, it is good, it is beautiful, it is imaginative, it is inventive, and it is creative. In Greek, a poet is literally a “maker,” someone who can really make things you cannot but admire. This opening chapter of the Book of Genesis is a poem that tries to tell that God created everything. The number of days does not matter, except to say that he made everything and that he rested on the Seventh day, the Shabbat, with the implied lesson that his people too would have to rest on the day of the Lord.
In the New Testament God’s Son is close to the people. They recognize the face of Jesus, run after him, and touch his clothes. They can now see and feel the nearness and humanity of God in Jesus Christ.
There is this saying: Don't judge a book by its cover. In
other words, just as we can't say what are the contents in the book just by
looking at its cover, neither can we say what a person is really like just by
his looks. Nonetheless, we can't deny that looks do reveal. Looks do reveal
something about the feelings of the person and something about his heart. For
example, the angry look, the hurt look, the loving look, the tender look, etc.
In the gospel, we heard that the people recognized Jesus. The recognition is more than just the physical features. They saw deeper than just the physical dimension. They saw in Him, the look of mercy and unconditional love. They saw in Him, the face of love, the face of God.
In the Eucharist, Jesus shows us the face of His love. He gives to us who He is and what He is. When we partake of the Eucharist, we change just as bread and wine is changed. We too take on the look of love; we take on the face of love. May others recognize that look and see that face in us.
Opening Prayer: Lord our God, in the beginning there was the word that you spoke and everything was created Fill us with a sense of admiration for all the beautiful things you have made. May we say with you: “yes, it is good” and all very beautiful. As people who are part of it, may we respect your creation and give you all thanks and praise, through Jesus Christ our Lord.