The faith we embrace as Catholics is a Scriptural faith.
The human quest to understand life is recorded, written down.
What is written shows a process of development.
What is written down is remembered and passed on.
It becomes the standard for assessing and understanding present day experience.
There are several things the Hebrew Scriptures highlight: monotheism
and a counteraction to the concept of “magic”.
[Magic is grounded in the belief that human beings can manipulate spiritual reality
and can somehow control it to their own advantage.
As an aside, this serves as a caution with regards to modern-day science
and the manipulation of physical reality.
We are at the point of gene splicing and altering DNA and cloning.
Are there any boundaries that should not be crossed? At what point have we gone too far?]
Those who fashioned and recorded the creation story recognize mystery:
there is something more than human beings at work in creation.
As human beings we are part of something much bigger than ourselves.
The cosmos, the universe, light and darkness, land and sky, water;
creatures…none of this is of human making.
Through awareness and within consciousness
human beings try to make sense of their experience, their existence….
the things that can be seen and touched and heard.
What is experienced is systematized, ordered, categorized.
Experience led to questions: where did all this come from?
What governs this world we live in? What holds it all together?
What guides and directs creation? Is there a plan?
What is my destiny as an individual? What is our destiny as a species?
From very early on human beings put faith in creation.
What we see today will be here tomorrow.
Creation can be trusted to remain stable, not disappear and reappear at random.
There was an order of days and seasons. There were patterns of stars in the sky.
The creation story in the Book of Genesis sets the stage for human existence.
God who is infinite creates what is finite.
Within this story lies several fundamental aspects of faith:
1.) God is living and active and concerned about creation.
And 2.) human life finds its purpose by drawing close to God…being connected to God.
St. Thomas Aquinas puts it this way
"The closer a being is to God, the greater is its natural tendency to self-realization"
Part of our Christian faith experience is to ponder creation.
But we must remember as we do so: God is not a problem to be solved.
God is a mystery to be encountered.
Today’s prayer: “O Lord, Creator of all that is and all that will ever be, thank you for the gift of my human life. Help me to live in faith, with hope and through love. Through Your Son Jesus Christ, draw me into the fullness of what it means to exist in this world. Amen!”