Disordered chaos was already there as God began to create. God did not create out of nothingness. God began to order the days of chaos. The Creator makes creation possible, not by a single act, but by the endless reenactment and reassertion of a soverign will over the recalcitrant “stuff” of chaos. (Brueggemann). All that exist is already present in the first panel of the illumination. Though formless and void of order, matter explodes outward as if driven by a powerful force. Loving God is active in creation, and it is good. Imagine living in the white space before the first panel, the first day….or the white space after the last panel, the seventh day…how will God illuminate those days? How will you author those days? On the sixth day, male and female are created togetherto govern creation. The equality of men and women is the taproot of the Bible…from the beginning. And together we are in God’s image. This liturgy of creation is that the world is willed by and seen by God to be “good”, that is lovely, beautiful and pleasing. Consider these questions for your meditation today: When have you noticed chaos transformed into wonder and awe through God’s creation? How does this illuminated text ignite your imagination toward the care of the earth? Toward the reverence and dignity of ALL God’s people? How does it compel you to renew the face of the earth?
© Creation, Donald Jackson with contribution by Christ Tomlin, 2003. The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, © 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.