In the name of the one, holy and living God:
Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifying Spirit. Amen.
Two weeks ago at our Wednesday night Eucharist, I had finished distributing the bread and was standing behind the altar waiting for James to finish with the chalice.
As I looked around, I saw a young boy with a beaming face turn to his mother and say:
“It is good.”
As I smiled to myself, I let what he said sink in.
It is good.
It is good that we should gather together to celebrate our life in Christ,
to be nourished by his Body and Blood,
to receive strength for our journeys.
Those words “it is good” then immediately took me back to the whole of creation…the true beginning of our story this evening.
“In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
“Then God said, ‘Let there be light’: and there was light.
“And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.” (Gen 1:1-4)
God created the earth and the seas and saw that it was good.
And when God saw the earth put forth plants and fruit trees, God saw that it was good.
God made the two great lights: the sun and the moon, and it was good.
And God created the creatures of the sea and the winged birds, and it was good.
The earth brought forth living creatures of every kind, and it was good.
And God created humankind in God’s own image, and iit was good.
“God saw everything that [God] had made, and indeed, it was very good.” (Gen 1:31)
Tonight the story we retell reminds us of God’s redeeming Grace throughout the span of history…a history that begins with creation and ends with a call to proclaim and live into a new life, a new creation, through Jesus’ resurrection. Continue reading