October 13, 2008 - Monday of the 21st Week after Trinity

Today's Reading: Genesis 1:1—2:3

Daily Lectionary: Deuteronomy 11:26—12:12; Matthew 12:22-37

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

Creation is a symphony, and Genesis 1 is the score. Verses 1 to 3 are the overture: God creates out of nothing, ex nihilo, with explanation or justification. He just does it. His doing it marks the “beginning.” In an instant He creates the heavens and the earth, and by water and Spirit through the Word, He orders and names and calls forth light and life. It is a trinitarian symphony - Father, Son, and Spirit - working together in perfect triune harmony.

Each day carries a melody in a six-part symphony. Day 1: light. Day 2: sky and sea. Day 3: sea, dry land, plants. Day 4: sun, moon, and stars. Day 5: fish and birds. Day 6: animals and man. Each of our days carries with it the sum of these days. Every day the Word brings light and life. Every day the Word separates sky, sea, and dry land. Every day the Word brings forth plants from the earth, fish and birds, animals and man.

In his Gospel, John identifies this creative Word. “The Word became Flesh and dwelt among us.” The Word through whom all things were made and in whom all things hold together, the Word who is the Light and Life of all, is Jesus Christ. He is the central theme of creation, composed by the Father and sung by the Spirit over the waters.

The seventh day brings it all together in worship. The seventh day is unique among the days - there is no morning or evening. There are no clocks for this day. Simply endless Day in the Light of Christ. The seventh day is holy, embracing all the days and consecrating them to God in grand reprise.

Sin has brought cacophony into the harmony of creation, distorting the melody with its chaos. We have added our own sour notes of hatred, pollution, war. But the Word who created all things, and who holds all things in existence, did not rest with this noisy, distorted symphony of creation marred by sin. He came in the Flesh to set it right. And in His dying and rising He restored the sweet melody of creation. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

For the gifts of creation and for the new creation that comes by water and Spirit through the Word, we give you thanks and praise, gracious Lord. Amen.