From the Pastor

Fr. Marc Stockton

GOD, THE CREATOR

PART 2:

GOD, THE SOURCE OF LIFE

 

God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all living things that move on the earth’ … And so it happened. God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good” (Genesis 1:27-28, 31).

From where does life come? Is it just some cosmic accident, the chance result of randomly colliding particles that just happened to stick together in just the right way? Or is there a reason behind it, an intelligence and will that intentionally put it all together according to a plan to serve a higher purpose? People have made arguments for both over the centuries, and it would take far more space than this column provides to explore those arguments in detail.

The foundation of our faith stands on the latter case. We believe that life is not random nor the result of blind forces. We believe that before anything was, God is, and it was by his will that the cosmic order was set in motion. We further believe that this motion was not random but was directed by God toward a goal, the emergence and development of life, and that the emergence and development of life was itself directed by God toward an even greater goal, the creation of beings who could know God, who could understand his plan, and who could freely respond in love by serving that plan until it comes to full fruition.

This, in a nutshell, is what God reveals to us in the first chapter of Genesis about creation and about our place in it. All life comes from God to serve his plan, and so our life is fulfilled when we knowingly and freely live it in the service of God’s plan. That is what makes human beings unique, that God creates each of us, not as cogs in a machine but as his children and coworkers with a central role in the development and fulfillment of his plan. That is what gives every human life its meaning and value, and that is why we believe that every human life is sacred. This is the foundation of our insistence on respect for every human life from conception to natural death, a standard that we will continue to reflect upon next week as continue together our journey through Respect Life Month.

Fr. Marc Stockton

 

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