Today is Thursday the 1st of May, the Memorial of St Joseph the Worker, in the Second Week of Easter.

The monks of Pluscarden Abbey sing the canticle: O all you works of the Lord, O bless the Lord.

Today’s reading is from the Book of Genesis.

As you listen to the continuing story of creation, picturing the array of animal life in the seas, on the land and in the sky, what images come into your mind?  Stay with these images for a few moments.  Pay attention to the details of what comes to you.

Use all your senses to attend to the images you see with your mind’s eye – and to the sounds, textures, smells, perhaps even taste.   Immerse yourself in God’s creation.

As the text continues now, we hear of God creating human beings in God’s own likeness, blessing this creation and seeing everything that has been made as ‘very good’.  As you listen, notice particularly how you respond to the description of God creating human beings in God’s own likeness.

Having listened to this story of creation, how do you want to respond to God?  How do you feel as you come to this creative and powerful God, as you come as one of God’s creatures? Talk to God about all that is in your heart and mind.