Tuesday 7 February 2023

About Today Readings

Genesis 1:20 – 2:4. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth! – Psalm 8:4-9. Mark 7:1-13.

God’s name is written in every part of our earth

‘O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!’ We have become wonderfully accustomed in Australia to acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we stand. We are becoming more conscious of the care our first peoples had for this land for thousands of years. Their identity is tied up with this sacred country. The author of Genesis records the fifth and sixth days of creation in the liturgy today. ‘God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.’ Those two ‘days’ of God’s creation would have taken a few billion years of our time. And now after two centuries of industrial revolution we have changed the climate, and driven to extinction so many of God’s creatures. God’s name is written in every part of our earth. May we honour, with our Aboriginal brothers and sisters, the sacredness of the land on which we stand.

 

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