5th Week, Tuesday, Feb 9
Genesis 1:20 - 2:4 / Mark 7:1-13
Let birds fly across the sky; And God made all kinds of winged birds.
The Manx shearwater, a seagull-like bird, makes its home in tiny holes in a cliff on an island off the coast of Wales. One day a researcher caught one of these birds, put a band on its leg, and had it flown 3,000 miles to Boston.
There it was released by another researcher. Twelve and a half days later, it showed up again at the exact tiny hole from which it was taken. Scientists still can’t figure out how these birds have acquired such a remarkable power of navigation. The most logical answer is the one given in today’s reading: They are creations of God, who gave them this remarkable power.
Do we hold birds in reverence as signs of God’s creative love for us? “Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent God bursts through everywhere.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
After the creation of inanimate beings comes the creation of living beings: fish, birds, land animals, and the crowning achievement, man and woman, made in God’s image and likeness. They are special, for they are also put in charge of the whole of creation, for the task of working for the integrity of creation is heavy with responsibilities.