Day 40: God Is the Creator (279-284)

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father Almighty, we praise you, and we give you glory. You are the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth, of all things visible and invisible. And so we trust in you. We trust you because, not just because of your power. We trust because we also have asserted, you have revealed that you're not just powerful. You are the Father All-Powerful. You are the Father Almighty. That your power is rooted in love because you are, your deepest identity is love. And so we can trust you. Help us to trust you even more. Lord, help us to open our minds, open our eyes, to be able to see what it is you wish to show us about the beauty of creation and your role as the Creator of Heaven and Earth, of all things visible and invisible. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.”

Scripture References & Reflections

- compiled by Andrew Adamany

Bible Translation - RSVCE

CCC 279 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Holy Scripture begins with these solemn words. The profession of faith takes them up when it confesses that God the Father almighty is "Creator of heaven and earth" (Apostles' Creed), "of all that is, seen and unseen" (Nicene Creed). We shall speak first of the Creator, then of creation and finally of the fall into sin from which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to raise us up again."

Genesis 1:1–2 

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters."

CCC 280 "Creation is the foundation of "all God's saving plans," the "beginning of the history of salvation" that culminates in Christ. Conversely, the mystery of Christ casts conclusive light on the mystery of creation and reveals the end for which "in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth": from the beginning, God envisaged the glory of the new creation in Christ."

Romans 8:18–24 

"I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved."

CCC 283 "The question about the origins of the world and of man has been the object of many scientific studies which have splendidly enriched our knowledge of the age and dimensions of the cosmos, the development of life-forms and the appearance of man. These discoveries invite us to even greater admiration for the greatness of the Creator, prompting us to give him thanks for all his works and for the understanding and wisdom he gives to scholars and researchers. With Solomon they can say: 

Wisdom of Solomon 7:17–22 

"For it is he who gave me unerring knowledge of what exists, 

to know the structure of the world and the activity of the elements; 

the beginning and end and middle of times, 

the alternations of the solstices and the changes of the seasons, 

the cycles of the year and the constellations of the stars, 

the natures of animals and the tempers of wild beasts, 

the powers of spirits and the reasonings of men, 

the varieties of plants and the virtues of roots; 

I learned both what is secret and what is manifest, 

for wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me."