November 20, 2013: Jesus, Lord of Creation

~by Susi Pittman

He who comes from above is over all. He who is from the earth belongs to earth, and of the earth he speaks. He who comes from heaven is over all. And he bears witness to that which he has seen and heard, and his witness no one receives. He who receives his witness has set his seal on this, that God is true. For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for not by measure does God give the Spirit. The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hands. (John 3: 31-35)

Jesus is the Lord of Creation. In the verses above, St. John reflects on the divine personage of Christ. It is through Jesus that all things come to be, and it is through Jesus that all things exit. He is the perfect reflection of God the Father, but in human form. All His words are truth.

Chapter 4 in my book, Animals In Heaven? Catholics Want To Know! is titled Jesus, Lord of Creation, and the first paragraph states:

The union of the divine with the human material in the personage of Jesus Christ—Word of God, Son of God, Second Person of the Holy Trinity, Lord of Creation—is the foundation of all blessings upon man and upon the whole of creation.

This is the rock that is the foundation of my belief and the foundation of my book.

It was in God’s divine intent that earth was meant to be our home. In the beginning, there was harmony and perfect order. The earth was a temple of the living God.

Sin changed that and God’s redemptive plan was placed into motion with the arrival of the Christ upon earth. Jesus instructs us that just because we are present on earth doesn’t mean that we are to accept all aspects of earthly life. Earth was not made as God’s home nor our permanent home. God has left traces of Himself upon the earth in much the same way as the artist can be seen expressed in his art work. God dwells with us through the Sacraments and the Holy Spirit. Due to sin, God humbled Himself and took on human form in Jesus Christ to reconcile the world once again to Himself. In Holy communion, we receive the Eucharist, body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus. And God also poured out the Holy Spirit upon the earth to guarantee that the earth will once again become the beautiful temple of God.

We are therefore commanded by our Christian faith to love the world and to care for it as good “tenants” on borrowed time.  We humans were made of earth and are by nature earthly creatures. In this, earth is our temporary home and we are in charge of its future. What we do DOES matter. How we do it DOES matter. All must be and will be accounted for.

Here on earth, we have no lasting city. For, there is the coming reign of God. His reign includes salvation and redemption of the believer, body and soul and of the heavens and the earth.

To be a good steward of what we have could not be more important than it is now! How will God find us in the care of this earthly vineyard?

We must take seriously our responsibility to treat the earth, our fellow man and all creatures with respect and loving care. The earth and its history is not separated from the coming reign of the Kingdom of God, but it is hidden within Christian revelation.

Peace be with you brothers and sisters. And may you bless the Lord of Creation for this great gift of the natural realm, given to us with great love!

Susi Pittman is founder of and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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