LESSON 2: CARE FOR GOD'S CREATION

LESSON 2: CARE FOR GOD'S CREATION

LESSON 2: CARE FOR GOD'S CREATION RESOURCES: CATECHISM AND BIBLE THE KEY QUESTIONS WHY DO WE CARE FOR GOD’S CREATION? KEY POINTS: THE MAGNICENCE OF C...

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LESSON 2: CARE FOR GOD'S CREATION RESOURCES: CATECHISM AND BIBLE THE KEY QUESTIONS

WHY DO WE CARE FOR GOD’S CREATION? KEY POINTS: THE MAGNICENCE OF CREATION

Imagine of seeing the Earth as a whole from a distance as the Apollo astronauts did. The picture on the last page is from the first manned mission to orbit the moon, Apollo 8 on December 24, 1968. The crew aboard the mission read Genesis 1:1-10 because of how moved they were at seeing the Earth. The Earth is beautiful and it reflects the beauty of its creator. God’s creation is magnificent – in the first chapter of Genesis we learn that God creates from nothing. Think of the intricacies of the human body alone! The eye that allows sight, the ear that allows hearing, the brain that allows us to think, explore, and understand the world, our skin, our heart, our fingers,…. the list could go on forever. Think of the sunrise, the sunset, the mountains, the ocean, the wonder of the stars, the microscopic beauty of a paramecium’s motion, the incredible

“In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth — and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters” – Genesis 1:1 – 2 “Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on the earth. God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and God said to them: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that crawl on the earth. God also said: See, I give you every seed-bearing plant on all the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food; and to all the wild animals, all the birds of the air, and all the living creatures that crawl on the earth, I give all the green plants for food. And so it happened. God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good. Evening came, and morning followed—the sixth day.” Genesis 1:26-31

Cornerstone Year A- Lesson 2: CST Care For God's Creation

diversity of plants, animals, and creature that inhabit the Earth. All of this beauty was given to us by God as a reflection of his own beauty. CATECHISM REFERENCES CONCERNING CREATION 339 - Each creature possesses its own particular goodness and perfection. For each one of the works

of the "six days" it is said: "And God saw that it was good." "By the very nature of creation, material being is endowed with its own stability, truth, and excellence, its own order and laws." Each of the various creatures, willed in its own being, reflects in its own way a ray of God's infinite wisdom and goodness. Man must therefore respect the particular goodness of every creature, to avoid any disordered use of things which would be in contempt of the Creator and would bring disastrous consequences for human beings and their environment. 340 - God wills the interdependence of creatures. The sun and the moon, the cedar and the little

flower, the eagle and the sparrow: the spectacle of their countless diversities and inequalities tells us that no creature is self-sufficient. Creatures exist only in dependence on each other, to complete each other, in the service of each other. 2415- The seventh commandment enjoins respect for the integrity of creation. Animals, like plants

and inanimate beings, are by nature destined for the common good of past, present, and future humanity. Use of the mineral, vegetable, and animal resources of the universe cannot be divorced from respect for moral imperatives. Man's dominion over inanimate and other living beings granted by the Creator is not absolute; it is limited by concern for the quality of life of his neighbor, including generations to come; it requires a religious respect for the integrity of creation. “The dominion granted to man by the Creator is not an absolute power, nor can one speak of a freedom to ‘use and misuse’, or to dispose of things as one pleases. The limitations imposed from the beginning by the creator himself…shows clearly enough that, when it comes to the natural world, we are subject not only to biological laws but also to moral ones, which cannot be violated with impunity.” -Pope John Paul II, On Social Concern (Sollicitudo Rei Socialis), no. 34 MAN IS THE PINNACLE OF CREATION 356 Of all visible creatures only man is "able to know and love his creator".

He is "the only creature on earth that God has willed for its own sake", and he alone is called to share, by knowledge and love, in God's own life. It was for this end that he was created, and this is the fundamental reason for his dignity: What made you establish man in so great a dignity? Certainly the incalculable love by which you have looked on your creature in yourself! You are taken with love for her; for by love indeed you created her, by love you have given her a being capable of tasting your eternal Good.221 357 Being in the image of God the human individual possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just

something, but someone. He is capable of self-knowledge, of self-possession and of freely giving Cornerstone Year A- Lesson 2: CST Care For God's Creation

himself and entering into communion with other persons. And he is called by grace to a covenant with his Creator, to offer him a response of faith and love that no other creature can give in his stead. MAN IS CALLED BY HIS CREATOR TO GIVE CREATION BACK TO HIM 358 God created everything for man, but man in turn was created to serve and love God and to offer

all creation back to him: What is it that is about to be created, that enjoys such honor? It is man that great and wonderful living creature, more precious in the eyes of God than all other creatures! For him the heavens and the earth, the sea and all the rest of creation exist. God attached so much importance to his salvation that he did not spare his own Son for the sake of man. Nor does he ever cease to work, trying every possible means, until he has raised man up to himself and made him sit at his right hand.

The Earth from the moon from Apollo 8.

Cornerstone Year A- Lesson 2: CST Care For God's Creation

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION: USE AS MANY OR AS FEW AS YOU WANT. BE PREPARED, BUT LET THE HOLY SPIRIT LEAD THE DISCUSSION.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

What is man’s role in creation? What does God tell man that he is to do in the Garden? What does the creation story in Genesis tell us? Why is important that we remember that man is the height of creation? How can we respect and protect God’s creation? How do we fufill our roles as caretakers of God’s creation to today?

TAKE HOME MESSAGE:

God created the Earth in all it beauty for man, and appointed man its caretaker.

Cornerstone Year A- Lesson 2: CST Care For God's Creation