A reflection on the beginning of the book of Genesis (read in Mass this week) by Mother Maria Michael Newe, OSB.
As we hear the story of creation I find that what it speaks so much of is the abundance of God. It says: “Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures and on the earth let birds fly beneath the dome of the sky. And so it happened.” I think God took such delight in creation with each one of us singly in mind. He would have done all creation and died for you if you were the only one to live. And He created all with such perfect delight, to fill it with everything of Himself, to bring forth that life and beauty.
Blessed—everything is blessed by God. There is nothing of His creation that cannot hold His blessing, unless this blessing is rejected, purposely rejected. All beauty is for you; everything in abundance, for you. God so delights when we say thank you for the abundance flows. Abundance flows in His footsteps. The psalmist says: “The waters of a river give joy to God’s city, the Holy place where the Most High dwells.” It’s not a creek, it’s a river and it’s flowing in abundance, overflowing the banks. Everything of God overflows.
Sin alone shrivels up life and withholds abundance. When we are full of sin, we turn in on ourselves and shrivel up; but when we flow with grace it’s abundant and so are we. You bear fruit in abundance when you’re in God.