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Sharing the Word for February 6, 2017 – Fifth Week in Ordinary Time – Year 1

Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions

February 06, 2017

Daily Reading from the USCCB: Genesis 1:1-19


Now the Lectionary begins several weeks of readings from the Book of Genesis. Today we hear the beginning: the beginning of the creation narrative, the beginning of Genesis and of the Bible itself.

God creates effortlessly. He creates with a plan, in a certain order. Today’s reading invites us to look around us, to appreciate God’s handiwork, to be grateful.

We may not understand it all or see how all creation fits together, but we do know that it’s God’s work. It involves victory over chaos and darkness. It involves the separation of night from day. It demonstrates that God has control of the universe. Above all, the creation narrative teaches us that God’s creation is good.

That’s not a bad message for a Monday.