Creation is the primary work of God. It is not something that happened thousands or millions or billions of years ago. Creation is perpetual. God is always creating, making everything new.
I get frustrated when I hear people say, "God will re-create you." Nothing could be further from the truth. God makes everything new. Through baptism, the sacraments, spiritual practice, the Holy Spirit make something new in us.
We are the temple of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Christ is conceived in our heart in baptism. We receive the Holy Spirit at confirmation. We were created in original blessing, and while it might be proper to say we are restored to that blessing, the Holy One that is formed in, with, through, and by us in the Holy Spirit, through the intercession of Mary our Blessed mother, is new.
Looking out at the world, we learn to see it as a tapestry of relationships. Wisdom is learning how to live within this web of relationships, and trusting that these unseen hands will guide us along the way. The The Path of Bliss and Awe (Via Positiva) is not passive; it is the active pursuit of wisdom and God. All too often, we sit and wait for the world to come to our rescue. If we are not active participants in the mysteries of life, we deny ourselves the blessings of the world.
We forget the First Cause and Prime Mover of the Cosmos wrought all thing through the Holy Spirit, looked over creation, "and God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good (Gen 1:31a, cf. Gen 1:1-2:25)." Ki tov, it is good. Standing before the vast expanse, Providence saw the creation as good, as a blessing.
Do not misunderstand. This is does not mean that everything is intrinsically good. As a whole, the cosmos is good. Storms may wreak havoc on a community, but the only way to stop the storms would be to prevent the air from circulating, allowing the temperatures to fall out of balance, killing everything on the planet. When examined from the larger perspective, storms are a part of a necessary and good system.
People are born neither perfect, nor impure. We recite this truth in the Heart Sutra, but take a moment to allow the truth of it to settle in. No temporal thing is free from the law of cause and effect. Situations and choices can cause a person to become pure or impure, if they are allowed to do so.
What we must learn to do if the creation itself is a blessing. When we choose to see the world as a blessing, we will begin to experience blessing in every one and everything that we encounter.
It is not always easy, and this is not about looking through rose tinted glasses at the world. It is in part about seeing the big picture, that the universe is in and of itself a blessing. Our lives are blessings. As such, our words and actions should be blessings as well. This practice opens our eyes to a world of unseen wonder.
Blessing related to Creation
The Hebrew word Bara (BRA), “create,” is related to Blessing Berekah (BRKH), and pool (BRKH)
Beriyah (BRIAH), “creation,” and Beriyth (BRITh), “covenant,” are also related to Blessing.
All of this is made clear in the book of Sirach:
He has made nothing imperfect. God has made nothing imperfect. Listen to the voice of wisdom here. If all things are made by God, and God makes nothing imperfect, then do not allow anyone ever tell you that there is something wrong with the world.
So much of life is determined by our point of view. It is our perspective, the tells us whether the glass is half-full or half-empty when both statements are true. Creation is a blessing. The act of creating is a blessing. In everything that we do, we should strive to see the blessings around us and to be a blessing ourselves.
We serve a great God, the God of blessing.
The God of Covenant and Blessing
How easy it is for us to forget the promise that God gave to Moses:
The secret to understanding this promise is that it was not made just to the Israelites in the desert. This is the promise made to all the children of Abraham. It is not a promise regarding a geographic speck of land. It is a promise that we will enter into the Kingdom of God, and that this Kingdom is here.
Look at the promise. It is a promise that God will lead us through mindfulness to the Promised Land. This is a land where in we will eat bread without scarcity this and we will not lack anything in it. That may sound like a utopia, but if you've read the book of Joshua, Judges, or any of the books of the Hebrew Bible to follow, you'd know that to see this Promise Land, you would have to see it through mindfulness and compassion.
The land they entered was full of Giants, and enemies they had to defeat. It was only the land of blessing to those who had the eyes to see, and the ears to hear. In the midst of the chaos they found, there was a Promised Land, but it was not the geographical territory.
Isaac’s Blessing was the Blessing of Jacob through the Creation
When Isaac blessed his son Jacob, he did not bless him with great spiritual revelation. He blessed him with the goodness of the land.
As the son of Abraham, there's so many things that Isaac could have blessed his son with, but he chose the most basic blessing of all, the influx of goodness from the dew of heaven and the fatness of the earth, and the product of Jacob's creation plenty of corn and wine.
In his blessing, Isaac is encouraging his son to see the goodness of the world and his own participation in it. For while creation is a blessing, the act of creating is a much greater blessing.
Jacob would have to learn to cooperate with the tides of the seasons. Learning when to reap and sow, he would have to learn patients in the making of wine and perseverance in the growing of crops. In this he would not just receive the blessing of the earth, he would be a blessing as well.