Advent 1, Friday, Year A

Inspired by Genesis 6:1-10

“The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually.  And the Lord was sorry that he had made humankind on earth, and it grieved him to his heart.”  Genesis 6:5-6 (NRSV)

In the beginning when God formed the heavens and the earth, he took care to create a beautiful world, filled with all the resources necessary for survival as well as well as great beauty to delight human senses.  Once he’d completed everything else, God created humankind to care for the rest of creation and enjoy all the good things God had made.  He created humanity in his own image, blessed with everything we needed in order to walk with God.  He did this not to fill any need or lack of his own, but because he chose to share his great love with us.

And because God chose to share his love with us, he also chose to make himself vulnerable to us.  And we exploited that vulnerability, abused his good creation and all the good gifts he’d given us, and chose to go our own way.

And that hurt God deeply.

God is not some absent creator who got things started and then left us to our own devices.  Nor is he some cold, unfeeling deity watching us passionlessly from far away.  God cares deeply for each and every one of us, and when we incline our hearts to evil and reject the potential he gave us for great love and compassion, he is deeply grieved.  The needless suffering we inflict upon ourselves and others wounds him, because he didn’t create us for suffering.

Consider the One in whose image you were created.  Consider why he created you.  And consider the great potential he gave to you.  Incline you heart toward him, enjoy sharing the love he chose to share, and help stop the needless suffering that so wounds our God and so many of our brothers and sisters.

Let us pray.  Compassionate God, you created us to be in relationship with you and with your whole creation.  Incline our hearts toward you, that we may come closer to reaching the great potential you gave to us.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.