Creation, Window A
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
(Jn 1:1-5 – Link to Scriptures)
And God created a PLACE for this NEW LIFE to exist.
And it was MAGNIFICENT, in its beauty,
in its order and in its “Complementarity.”
Everything worked together for the “Common Good.”
And it was ALL – VERY GOOD!
In the lower portion of the very first window is seen the water of God’s Creation. And hovering above the water was LIFE. Depicted as a dove, she was the Holy Spirit. For it is the Holy Spirit who brings life to all.
She was the “mighty wind” we see breathing life into God’s first man, Adam. She was the mighty wind blowing through the room of apostles at Pentecost. She is the Spirit of God who breathes new life into every one of us at our Baptisms and strengthens us through the sacrament of Confirmation.
God saw how good the light was.
God then separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness he called “night.”
Then God said, “Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters, to separate one body of water from the other.”
And so it happened: God made the dome, and it separated the water above the dome from the water below it. God called the dome “the sky.” Gn 1:6-7
Creation, Window B
Up in the sky were colors and lights, blue and white, orange and violet, and brightness and darkness, and movement and stillness.
Down on the ground was soft and hard, brown and green and everything in-between.
And then there was the sea. As blue as the sky or as black as the night. It was the most awesome sight!
It was all perfect, almost.
All that was left was the LIFE.
Life as diverse as the imagination could invent.
Life to fill the sky and plumb the depths of the sea.
Life invisibly small and enormously large.
Life that could sustain itself and grow and multiply
and care – and Love!
Ahhh, the love!
And so it happened: the water under the sky was gathered into its basin, and the dry land appeared. God called the dry land “the earth,” and the basin of water he called “the sea.”
God saw how good it was. Gn 1:9-10
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it.
God saw how good it was. Gn 1:11-12
Then God said: “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky, to separate the day from night. Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years, and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth.”
And so it happened: God made the two great lights, the greater one to govern the day, and the lesser one to govern the night; and he made the stars.
God set them in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness.
God saw how good it was. Gn 1:14-18
God saw how good it was,
and God blessed them, saying, “be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas; and let the birds multiply on the earth.” Gn 1:21-22
Creation, Window C
The Creeping things with dirt to burrow in.
The Flying things with trees to nest in.
The Roaring things with forests to roam in.
The Odd things with their long necks or noses, with their horns and hoofs, with their beaks and sharp teeth.
All created for HARMONY!
In a world built just for them.
With clean air to breath, water to drink and food for nourishment.
It truly was Paradise . . .
God saw how good it was. Gn 1:24-25
The Rest of the Creation Story
Then God said: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures on the ground.”
God created man in his image;
in the divine image he created him;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them, saying to them: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Gn 1:24-28
And so it happened.
God looked at everything he had made,
and he found it very good.
Between the The Creation Triplet Windows and the second set of windows, The Abraham Triplet, one must pass through the “Cry Room” and then travel past the Baptismal Water Font. If you’re following our journey through the Bible, you will also notice some Sorrowful and some Joyful events which occurred between the Magnificence of Creation and the Calling of Abram.
It is particularly these events that shaped the future of the world as we know it.
Characterized by wrong choices, humanity’s journey through life seemed to become one big saga of pain, suffering and death. While their hearts longed for reunion with God, their minds insisted on independence. And that independence stole the very freedom they sought. For they simply became slaves to ignorance and greed. These were times filled with sorrow and crying.
Yet, even as we exit that “Cry Room”, we still find that every once in a great while, there were those who listened, those who submitted to God’s will over their own and discovered in the process, true JOY. There were Seth (the redeemer) and Enoch (the immortal). And then there was a very common man by the name of Noah, who was attributed to having saved all of humanity through his faith and obedience. Through the waters of a “Baptismal” flood, Noah emerged carrying the seeds of a new creation.
Unfortunately, somewhere in the mix there were some weeds. And as mankind continued to fall over and over again, the light of new hope would next shine through the faithfulness of a man named Abram . . .
2. The Abraham Triplet