All life and light are offshoots from God.

Saturday, 2/25/17

Our reading from Sirach speaks of humanity’s special role in creation. It says, “God created man in his own image.” It also says, “He created in them knowledge of the Spirit”

St. John, In the opening verses of his Gospel, dwells on the same thoughts. Let’s look at three
of John’s similar assertions.

First, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. And the Word was God.” This verse had a specific meaning for John’s primary Greek audience. John here used the Greek word for Word, which was “Logos.” For them it was the same as our Mother Nature. It was the divine Spirit keeping all things running smoothly.  John here is asserting that the natural world bears God’s stamp.

Secondly, “All things came to be through him.” That is saying that orderliness of all Nature is the stamp of God, its maker, who is pure orderliness.

Thirdly, “What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the whole human race.” God is a sum of all life, and one light that comes from him is man’s intellectual abilities. They only come to life when we are plugged into God who is life.

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