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Today the first reading and the responsorial have to do with creation. The first reading is from Genesis 1, consisting of the first four “days” of creation. And, one thing that is readily apparent is the orderliness of it all. “Let there be and it was so”; “evening and morning” (even before the sun is made); “it was good.”
The responsorial praises the Lord for his work in creation.
How manifold are your works, O LORD!
In wisdom you have wrought them all—
the earth is full of your creatures;
Bless the LORD, O my soul! Alleluia.
But, by the time we get to the gospel reading, we realize that something has gone wrong. Even if we weren’t aware of some of the subsequent stories in the Book of Genesis we might notice something doesn’t seem to fit. Where in Genesis 1 there is order, in the gospel reading from Mark there is disorder. People are coming to Jesus “bringing sick people on mats” and “laying the sick in the marketplace.” But, Jesus begins to bring order back out the chaos by healing many of these.
Jesus obviously didn’t heal everyone in his earthly ministry. But, he initiates God’s plan of setting the world to rights. Do you need Jesus to perform a new act of creation in your life today? Or, what could you do to participate in God’s plan of setting the world back in order?