In the Beginning

Fall is a spectacular time of the year. As the earth tilts slowly in the opposite direction, the angle of the sun changes, and the air cools and clears.

The sky during the day becomes bluer, and the stars at night seem brighter as the summer haze dissipates.

In a last display before hunkering down for the winter, trees and shrubs turn brilliant colors before shedding their leaves.

Many of God's creatures busy themselves preparing for the cold to come, scurrying about gathering nuts and such to tide them over the winter.

Indeed, fall is a busy time of the year. It's not the end but it's not the beginning either. It's more a time of preparation, preparation for something to come: maybe the end, or perhaps a new beginning. Nevertheless, it's a preparation.

We think of spring as a beginning, and, most certainly, it is, of a sort, a beginning when all of nature renews itself, and all of God's creation seems to come alive again.

But, there is a real beginning, a time when all things were created and came into existence, not in a haphazard fashion of randomness but in an orderly manner governed by laws.

We tend to call these rules that govern all of creation laws of nature but in reality they are divine laws. Without them we would not have fall or spring, summer or winter.

There was a time, in the beginning, when all things were created, not by accident, not without reason, for we are the prime examples of a reasonable creation by a divine Creator.

If this were not so, we would not be able to question our beginning; we would not be able to exercise the faculties which distinguish us in the world we inhabit.

More and more, science, based on our uniquely endowed reason, has verified that creation is governed by laws, and has found that even randomness is orderly.

But, it was not science that revealed to us the origin of our existence.

It was God himself who revealed to us our divine origin and purpose.

St. John, in his Gospel, expresses it most beautifully in the very first verses:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

In his Gospel, we come to understand that it was God who, through his Son, created everything, not without a purpose, for our purpose is to become the sons of God through the worship of our Creator.

For that reason, God sent his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into the world that through Him we might have life, life for the purpose that God intended, life eternal with him.

Just as with all his creation, God provides us with laws to govern our lives; but, because we were created in his image, that is, endowed with reason, we alone of all creatures have the free-will to accept or deny our Creator, to love or not love, to obey or to disobey.

St. John touches on that, saying:

He came unto his own and his own received him not. But such as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God.

What St. John tells us in his Gospel is so easily verified by the beauty of God's creation.

What has muddied the waters of reason is our free-will, that awesome capability to go against what has been reasonably demonstrated, and it has led human beings to falsely believe that, as the pinnacle of God's creation, we are somehow better than our Creator.

But, there is still hope; and, we celebrate that hope every year with the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Light that shines in the darkness from the beginning.