Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute Week of 18 September 2017
by Frances Correia
“God saw everything that he had made, and behold it was very good” (Gen 1:31)
Without repeating the entire theology of creation, we can ask what the great biblical narratives say about the relationship of human beings with the world. In the first creation account in the Book of Genesis, God’s plan includes creating humanity. The Bible teaches that every man and woman is created out of love and made in God’s image and likeness (cf. Gen 1:26). This shows us the immense dignity of each person. Saint John Paul II stated that the special love of the Creator for each human being “confers upon him or her an infinite dignity”. Those who are committed to defending human dignity can find in the Christian faith the deepest reasons for this commitment. How wonderful is the certainty that each human life is not adrift in the midst of hopeless chaos, in a world ruled by pure chance or endlessly recurring cycles! The Creator can say to each one of us: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you” (Jer 1:5). We were conceived in the heart of God, and for this reason each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary. (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, n.65)
before you formed me in the womb you knew me.
Help me to know in my heart that you created me in love.
So too you created every other person.
Help me to see your great love for each person, and to see them as created in equal dignity and love to myself.