In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground—then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, "You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die."
Today is Wednesday the 13th of February, in the fifth week of ordinary time.
One Hope Project sing, ‘Abba Father’. As you begin this time of prayer today, take a moment to become aware of God’s life-giving breath within you now…
Today’s reading is from the Book of Genesis.
This description of God forming a man from the dust of the ground and breathing life into his nostrils provides a very intimate picture of the relationship between God and this man. What does this poetic imagery evoke in you?
God gave the man a garden to care for and live from, but also this strange warning about the tree of knowledge of good and evil. How do you react to this? What feelings does it produce in you? Listen again to this account and notice particularly your feelings as you listen, how you respond to the images and ideas that are offered.
Talk to God now about what you have been thinking and feeling as you listened to the text. Talk as you might to a good friend, able to be honest and open about all you are thinking and feeling – and also taking a little time to listen, to be quietly open in God’s presence.