Yesterday I noted how the openings of Mark’s Gospel and the book of Genesis are both about beginnings. John’s Gospel does the same, saying, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.”
Like Mark, John connects the person and work of Jesus to the creative power of God, a power that calls all things, not only humans, into existence.
It is good to be reminded that God has created more than we humans. Too often we have treated the rest of God’s natural world as if it were no more than a stage on which the drama of salvation is played out. We sometimes treat nature as if were simply placed there for our benefit, to be used, manipulated, and abused in any way we see fit.
But all things exist, not for our convenience, but for God’s glory. And we are called to be faithful stewards and caretakers of God’s creation.
Creator God, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you are at work creating the world and filling it with new life. You have given we humans the special honor of caring for your world. Give us inquiring minds to seek an understanding of how the world works. Fill us with passion to care for water, air, and ground. And place in us a deep respect for every species, for all belong to you. Amen.