~by Susi Pittman
Creation, what a magnificent word! It is a word that I use exclusively when referring to the created flora and fauna that I love so much. The word creation is indicative of a “relationship.” It reflects an intimacy with a Creator. It speaks to a relationship between human and non-human, the rational and the irrational, caregiver and cared for in the created order given by a Creator.
You see, we are not living in our own home we are first and foremost living in God’s home, uniquely created for all of us as the family of creation.
Man is a mediator. He is poised between two realities: God and the world. He shares in both, he is united to both. He cannot live apart from either: That is the meaning of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.
Jesus, The Incarnation , The Word made flesh through Holy Mary dwells in the human person as does The Word dwell in creation. All (us, them, it) of creation entered into this world through Jesus.
He is the image of the invisible God, the first born of every creature. For in Him were created all things
Saint Francis of Assisi saw creation and its diversity as the place where God was so beautifully and humbly present. Creation was a spiritual sanctuary and home.
It is spiritually depressing to listen to and watch how people cultivate their separation from the whole of creation. Ecclesiastes 3:18-20 tells us:
As for the children of men, it is God’s way of testing them and of showing that they are in themselves like beasts. For the lot of man and of beast is one lot; the one dies as well as the other. Both have the same life-breath, and man has no advantage over the beast.
These same people are so ready to substitute the word nature for creation. Why? Because, the word nature holds no inherent religious meaning acknowledging a Creator. Today’s world tramples upon creation in its technological rush, profit-sharing and radical social justice.
Saint Francis of Assisi showed us that self-knowledge is so important to understanding our place and our job in the created order. We are creatures of God, uniquely endowed, but, still part of the whole of creation. By recognizing ourselves as care-givers in God’s house we can embrace our designated roles in stewardship.
For the eager longing of creation awaits the revelation of the sons of God …because creation itself also will be delivered from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the sons of God. For we know that all creation groans and travails in pain until now. ~Romans 8:19, 21-22~
We must remember there is an intimate connection between all of creation and Jesus. We walk on sacred ground. God’s home for us by natural design. We are called to love The Triune God in creation, not apart from it. Through The Word creations dignity rests as a co-beloved of God. We all must respect and care for creation and our brothers as co-beloveds.
We must remember this!