The Breath of Life

Genesis 2:4-7

In the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 5 when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; 6 but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground— 7 then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.”  NRSV

This is the second of the two creation stories. The first is in Genesis 1.

You have heard me share this quote from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin several times before, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience but spiritual beings having a human experience.” I don’t know for sure if the second creation story above is the source of de Chardin’s inspiration, but it sure could be. In Genesis 2, we are told that humankind comes to life with the very breath, the very spirit, the very life force of the Creator God.

Jesus showed us what can we achieve to the glory of God when we embrace the Spirit of God within. We become blessings to the people we encounter day to day. That is the true human vocation.

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