We’re still being created
HINTS AND TRACES - Fr. Roy Cimagala (The Freeman) - March 23, 2019 - 12:00am

We need to be clear about this fundamental truth about ourselves. We are still being created by God. Our creation is still ongoing and in the making. This time though, our creation involves our cooperation.

If we review the story of the world’s creation (cfr. Gen 1,1-2,1), we will notice that God created everything before man in a generic way. But when it came to create man, God became personal and entered into relation with man by giving him instructions.

God made the Garden of Eden for man to cultivate it. Since it was not good for man to be alone, God created woman to be his helper who is equal to him. They were told they can eat the fruits of all the trees in the garden except the ones of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

This only shows man’s creation is not yet finished since man has to do his part of cooperating with God’s creation of him.

That stint in the Garden of Eden was for Adam and Eve to do their part in creation. And we know what happened. Our first parents failed, and so God who at first was angry and punished them, started to undertake the re-creation through a very complicated plan of redemption.

That plan involving patriarchs, prophets, a chosen people, many holy men and women, finally culminated when the very Son of God became man. The God-man, Jesus Christ, bore all our sins and had to show us the way to redeem ourselves by following his teachings and ultimately by suffering, dying, and resurrecting with him.

Christ also founded the Church and instituted the sacraments so his presence and redemptive work can effectively continue with us till the end of time, the end of our creation.

At our death and at the end of time, our creation is supposed to be finished with each of us receiving a new name only each of us would know. This will be our definitive name for all eternity, indicating the very personal relationship between God and us, Creator and co-creator.

This new and definitive name is referred to in the Book of the Apocalypse where it says: “To him who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone which no one knows except him who receives it.” (2,17)

It would be good if we are aware of this truth of our faith because this will give us the proper perspective, meaning, and direction of life here on earth. At the moment, I am afraid majority of people, even among educated Catholics, are unaware of this and are therefore not doing what they are supposed to do to conform to this truth. Many are actually confused and lost.

A catechesis should be made on this fundamental truth about ourselves and our earthly life. We are still being created, and our creation by God involves our cooperation, given the way we are as designed by God, his co-creator of our own selves.

We need to do our part, use everything we have in this life to further this process of our creation. We have to be responsible for the practical consequences and implications in this fundamental truth about ourselves.


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