This first half of the first account of creation very clearly emphasizes for us the power of God?s Word and the fact that creation is ex-nihilo that is, ?from nothing.? There can be no more powerful statement of the fact of creation than this. God starts with nothing and the result is something good is created! The order of this account of creation only serves to emphasize the deliberative power at work and we are left with a feeling of awe and wonder at the might of a God who can do this.
1 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters. ? 3 Then God said, ?Let there be light,? and there was light. ? 4 God saw how good the light was. God then separated the light from the darkness. ? 5 God called the light ?day,? and the darkness he called ?night.? Thus evening came, and morning followed ? the first day. 6 Then God said, ?Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters, to separate one body of water from the other.? And so it happened: 7 God made the dome, and it separated the water above the dome from the water below it. 8 God called the dome ?the sky.? Evening came, and morning followed ? the second day. 9 Then God said, ?Let the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin, so that the dry land may appear.? And so it happened: the water under the sky was gathered into its basin, and the dry land appeared. 10 God called the dry land ?the earth,? and the basin of the water he called ?the sea.? God saw how good it was. 11 Then God said, ?Let the earth bring forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it.? And so it happened: 12 the earth brought forth every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it. God saw how good it was. 13 Evening came, and morning followed ? the third day. 14 Then God said: ?Let there be lights in the dome of the sky, to separate day from night. Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years, 15 and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth.? And so it happened: 16 God made the two great lights, the greater one to govern the day, and the lesser one to govern the night; and he made the stars. 17 God set them in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw how good it was. 19 Evening came, and morning followed ? the fourth day.
P S A L M
Psalm 104:1-2a, 5-6, 10 and 12, 24 and 35c
R: May the Lord be glad in his works.
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD, my God, you are great indeed! You are clothed with majesty and glory, 2 robed in light as with a cloak. (R) 5 You fixed the earth upon its foundation, not to be moved forever; 6 with the ocean, as with a garment, you covered it; above the mountains the waters stood. (R) 10 You sent forth springs into the watercourses that wind among the mountains. 12 Beside them the birds of heaven dwell; from among the branches they send forth their song. (R) 24 How manifold are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you have wrought them all ? the earth is full of your creatures; 35 bless the LORD, O my soul! Alleluia. (R)
G O S P E L
What motivates us to seek God in our life? Pope Benedict XVI has always called for a mature faith, even from before he was made pope. I think that to have a mature faith does not mean that we have to be able to understand everything down to the minutest detail about the faith. What it does mean is that we are always seeking to better our understanding of our faith and the knowledge of God so that we can participate more fully in the life of the Church. It is obvious to me that the more I understand something, whether it be a game, a piece of technology or my faith, the better able I am to put it to use in my life.
53 After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret and tied up there. 54 As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him. 55 They scurried about the surrounding country and began to bring in the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.
think: What motivates us to seek God in our life?
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Numbers 13-15
GETTING TO KNOW THE SAINTS
Saint Blas Blase
Bishop Blase lived in the fourth century. According to stories, he belonged to a wealthy family and received a Christian education. At an early age, he realized that only spiritual joy could make a person truly happy. Thus, he entered the priesthood and later became bishop of Sebaste in Armenia (currently, modern Turkey).
When the governor, Licinius, persecuted the Christians, Bishop Blase was one of those captured. On his way to imprisonment, the Bishop continued to bless the people, pagans included. Then a poor mother rushed up to him, begged him to save her child who was at that time choking to death from a fishbone.
The Bishop whispered a prayer and blessed the child. And in that moment, the child s life was saved.
Today, St. Blase is prayed upon by people who have throat diseases. On his feast day, February 3, people continue to pray that their throats be blessed and be protected from any form of sickness.
Saint Andres Corsini
Saint Andres Corsini, also known as the Apostle of Florence, was born in 1302 at Florence, Italy. As a young boy, Andres had a wild and misspent youth. But when he grew up, he joined the Carmelite monks and lived a life of mortification.
He was generous in caring for the poor, was sought for everywhere as a peacemaker, and was sent as a papal legate to heal the gap between the nobility and the masses. Andres Corsini died at the age of 71 on January 6, 1374 at Fiesole, Italy. His death brought forth miracles that Eugenius IV immediately allowed a public cult. He was beatified the same year but was canonized only in 1629 by Pope Urban VIII.