In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth. And the Earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And Satan said: "It doesn't get any better than this."
And God said: "Let there be light," and there was light. And God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit," and God saw that it was good.
And Satan said: "There goes the neighborhood."
And God said: "Let us make Man in Our Image, after Our Likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish, over the birds, the cattle, every creeping thing upon the Earth, and over all the Earth." And so God created Man in His Own Image; male and female He created them. And God looked upon Man and Woman and saw that they were lean and fit.
And Satan said: "I know how I can get back in this game."
And God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.
And Satan created McDonald's. And McDonald's brought forth the 99-cent
double cheeseburger. And Man said, "Supersize them." And Man gained 5 pounds.
And God created the healthful yogurt, that woman might keep her figure that man found so fair.
And Satan brought forth chocolate. And Woman gained 5 pounds.
And God said: "Try my crispy fresh salad."
And Satan brought forth Ben and Jerry's. And Woman gained 10 pounds.
And God brought forth running shoes and Man resolved to lose those extra pounds.
And Satan brought forth cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil to change channels between ESPN and ESPN2. And Man clutched his remote control and ate potato chips swaddled in cholesterol. And Man gained another 20 pounds.
And Satan saw and said, "It is good."
And Man went into cardiac arrest. And God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.
And Satan created HMO's.
As you will see from the three Readings, outside here in God's Creation, we reflect on the Creation and the expanse of the Universe, on the Creation of the Earth and Man, as well as looking on the birds in the sky and the wild flowers surrounding us to remind us that God will take care of us.
The First Reading : from PLANET FEVER in the Smithsonian of September, 2012 : shows the immensity of the Universe God created and, perhaps, is still creating. The first thing to remember is that all of the Universe exists in nothingness, a black, cold, dark nothingness. We see that God is not somewhere like heaven, but has to be everywhere. It may seem funny to say that God is even in this nothingness. Yet as a Spirit, God has no real "place". Because we lack the capacity to know what a "Spirit" is, we lack the capacity to know what God's "everywhere" means. We like to think that God has ears to hear us and eyes to see us : but not really. We can "talk" to God, because He is in me, surrounds me, is in you, surrounds you, and besides that there is no place where He is not.
There are hundreds of planets surrounding different stars outside of our Solar System in in our Galaxy : the "Milky Way". Thousands more are awaiting scientific confirmation. These stars can be huge, burning so furiously that they run out of fuel within millions of years. There are middleweight stats, like our Sun, which last about ten billion years. And there are Dwarf stars which burn slowly, so that they are almost immortal. Roughly 80 percent of the stars within our own Galaxy : the "Milky Way" : are Dwarf stars.
God has so created His Universe that stars and planets form together. Once a star ignites, it blows out both particles and light gases such as hydrogen and helium. Think of helium balloons. The inner planets, like the earth, are rocky because they are formed mostly from particles from the star. The outer planets : like Jupiter : are mainly the light gases, such as hydrogen and helium.
When it was first noticed that our Universe around the Sun was so orderly, some scientists believed that if the precise locations and motions of every atom in a system are known, one can calculate its future in every detail. Remember that we are just a bunch of atoms and in this theory would be living robots. This theory is called "Strict Determinism". Some churches even believe this in what is called "Predestination" namely what happens to us has already been established by God and it cannot be changed. Yet Isaac Newton who first saw this order in the universe had to ask himself whether God had to intervene from time to time to keep this order going. One cannot accept this "Strict Determinism" and still hold that God gave us a free will. But such is the grandeur of our God that there is both order and chaos in the Universe.
How big has God created the Universe? NASA estimates that just our "Milky Way" galaxy has at least 100 billion planets. And our Galaxy is only one among more than 100 billion galaxies. THUS IS THE POWER OF OUR GOD IN CREATING THE UNIVERSE!!!
From this Reading we move into the Book of Genesis, sometimes called the Book of the Beginnings. We see a step by step creation until God reaches the creation of His greatest being : US. When the Jewish people wrote this account of Creation, they already has a week of six days of work, with the seventh day : the Sabbath : to be a day to rest and to worship God. So the writers worked the gradual Creation story into six days of Creation and the Sabbath to be a day to rest and to worship God. Behind everything is a Supreme, Eternal, Intelligent and Caring God.
With our greater scientific knowledge and our immense scientific tools, we now see this Creation taking place over billions of years. To many of us, this gradual Creation and Evolution : over many, many years - exhibits a God more intensely involved in what He wishes there to exist. A God involved in an immense ever growing and changing Universe. A God involved : as the limits of our present knowledge can see : in filling this Planet Earth with living beings, the highest being Ourselves as Human Beings. Persons He cares for and loves dearly. Persons He desires to Know Him, to Adore and Praise Him, to Love Him and willing to ask His Forgiveness. Persons He desire to Love Each Other. Such is the God we offer worship today as we stand in the middle of His Creation.
The Gospel today says "look around". See the birds and wild flowers. God takes care of them. Use them as reminders of how God will take care of us. Don't worry so much!!! God will give us what we need : "Our Daily Bread". As His very dear People, use what we need and share the rest with others. To hold on to too much is Greed, which Saint Paul tells us is a form of Idolatry or worship of "false gods". Be aware that He is in you, that He surrounds you. He Who created you cannot not love you. Trust Him.