1st reading for Easter Vigil
Gen 1:1 – 2:2
God said… and so it was.
I think most of us would have read this reading. After all, it’s the first chapter of the first book of the Bible. And because it’s been read so much, a lot of us might just gloss over the reading. I must admit that probably, even without reading it, I already have a ready reflection on this – this reading is a foundational teaching for Theology of the Body, which I teach in Church.
While slowly reading this and praying about what to share, two words stood out for me: God said.
God said, and so many miracles happened. God said, and the universe was created. God said, and the animals and plants came alive. God said, and we came into being. God said, and so many wonderful events came to be.
See what power God’s word has!
And it made me ask myself how much do I rely on God’s word? I’m not sure about you but I realized that I’ve become so independent, I’ve gotten used to doing so many things on my own that most of the time, I forget to rely on God’s word. I will talk to him about my day, I will reflect on the readings, and that’s it. Truth be told, I work as if everything depended on me, and I don’t pray as if everything depended on God. It’s only now that I realise that instead of talking to God as my Father, I talk to Him as my counsellor.
This reading seems to be inviting us to trust more in God’s Word. If we think about it, how comparable are the things happening in our lives right now, to the creation of the universe from nothing? And yet, God wants to have a say in our lives. In the midst of our busyness, or maybe because of our personal issues; or maybe because of other things we have yet to discover within ourselves, we get caught up doing what we have decided we should do. We forget that if only we listened and trusted the Father who holds the entire universe for us, we would be able to see the miracles happening in our lives.
We can rely on God’s Word. God’s Word is Jesus, and he has proven several times that we could entrust ourselves in his hands. His Word proved himself worthy through deeds. His Word performed the greatest miracle of all – the miracle of life. His Word emptied himself for us while we were still sinners.
God’s Word has the power, and God’s Word loves.
What is our Father saying in your life right now?
(Today’s OXYGEN by Stephanie Villa)
Prayer: Dearest Lord God, please help me listen to your Word and help me live out what you say in my life. Thanksgiving: Thank you, Father, for everything that you have said in my life.