Then the Lord God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner." So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken." Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.
Today is Thursday the 14th of February, in the fifth week of ordinary time.
The St Thomas Music Group sing Mysterium Amoris by Margaret Rizza, from a text by John Main: The meaning of life is the mystery of Love.just as the roots of trees hold firm in the soil,so it is the roots of lovethat hold the ground of our being together.
Today’s reading is from the Book of Genesis.
‘It is not good that the man should be alone’. God desires companionship for this man and the story describes a search for this companionship and its outcome. Take a moment to ponder God’s desires for Creation.
In the previous creation story the emphasis is on man and woman being created in the image and likeness of God, here the emphasis is more on the relationship between man and woman. We might not describe it in quite the same way now, but notice how you react to the description of companionship… the lack of shame in each other’s presence… the intimacy described.
How do you react to the different parts of this story? Notice your feelings as you listen again to this search for companionship and its resolution.
Take time now to talk to God about how you respond to the various elements of this story of creation. If you have mixed feelings about it, talk to God about that, about the attractions, and also about the challenges and what disturbs you.