Monday, December 13, 2010

First Advent Station - The Creation of Adam and Eve

"Let us make man in our image"

Old Testament Scripture (Genesis 1: 26-28)
God said, 'Let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves, and let them be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all the wild animals and all the creatures that creep along the ground.'

God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.

God blessed them, saying to them, 'Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven and all the living creatures that move on earth.'

In the wonders of creation the Lord revealed his great love by creating man in his own image and likeness. By the sin of Adam and Eve though, that image was disfigured and the likeness was dimmed. All of their children would be marked by their transgression. The goodness of creation was left waiting to be found; the beauty of man was hidden behind his sin. It was not remain so forever because the Father so loved the world that he gave his own Son to be its Savior.

In Christ all that had been lost was restored and even more was given. Man who had once lost his friendship with the Lord now in Christ would know the intimacy of God himself. Even before Adam and Eve were finally banished from the garden the Lord was preparing the world to receive the gift of his Son.

This is the mystery of Advent -- preparing for his coming. This is the mystery of the incarnation -- preparing for Christ to make all things new.

New Testament Scripture (Revelation 21: 1- 5)
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared now, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride dressed for her husband.

Then I heard a loud voice call from the throne, 'Look, here God lives among human beings. He will make his home among them; they will be his people, and he will be their God, God-with-them. He will wipe away all tears from their eyes; there will be no more death, and no more mourning or sadness or pain. The world of the past has gone.'

Then the One sitting on the throne spoke. 'Look, I am making the whole of creation new. Write this, "What I am saying is trustworthy and will come true."

Loving Father, through Christ our Lord, you call us to a new paradise. More than we could ever have hoped for given to us by the gift of your Son. His becoming man made it possible for man to have a share in your divine life.

In this time of attack upon married life, give husbands and wives the grace to persevere in their vocations. May marital fidelity conquer all the temptation of Satan. May the love of husband and wife truly become an image of your own love. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

O come, thou Wisdom born in heaven's height;
Come peacefully, thy people set aright,
To us the path of knowledge show
And help us in that way to go.
Rejoice, rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.


Anonymous Robert Hagedorn said...

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