The Symbolic Story of Creation

Light a Candle to begin your prayer:

 

Almighty God open my mind and heart to your word as I read of your love for me in creation Amen

 

Genesis Chapter 2:

 

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground,  but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.  Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

 Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.  The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground – trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters.  The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold.  (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.)  The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.  The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.  And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;  but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.’

 The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’

 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.  So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam no suitable helper was found.  So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh.  Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

 The man said,

‘This is now bone of my bones     and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called “woman”,     for she was taken out of man.’

 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

 

 

Reflection on Bible Reading:

This reading is a symbolic story not of the first man and woman but of all men and women. The word Adam means man and Eve mean woman. The story tells us what it means to be human. Adam or Man needs to be in a relationship, it is not good for him to be alone. Adam is learning about his environment naming each of the things that he sees. Humans are like that we have been given the ability to reason and put things in order just like God. Adam lives in a perfect relationship with his environment and with Eve. Adam and Eve are one and live in perfect harmony. Finally the are naked and feel no shame, why? Because they are innocent they don’t know good or evil. Was there a time in your life when you were naked and felt no shame?

 

Pray this prayer aloud:

By the word of our Lord the heavens were made
By the spirit of our Lord was life begun
By the wisdom of our Lord his laws were laid
By the love of our Lord was born his Son
By the grace of our Lord mankind was saved
By the power of our Lord the victory was won Amen

 

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