An invitation to listen to wisdom’s call.
Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31, Psalms 8 and Romans 5: 1-5
Proverbs 8 offers us an invitation to listen to wisdom’s call. It is significant to note Wisdom is understood throughout Proverbs as a lady or goddess who was an active participant in the creation of the world.
Wisdom gives us a glimpse of how much delight there was in the human race at creation (Proverbs 8:31). It is a wonderful idea, almost too wonderful to behold, as the Psalmist alludes to in chapter 8:4.
To be portrayed in such a positive light and to read again these words that speak of humanity’s ‘dominion over the works of your hands’ (Psalm 8:6) make for uncomfortable reading when we also read and hear today of the prolific species extinction and the climate emergency caused by human hands. Humanity was commanded to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28), not to exploit and diminish creation.
‘Song of the Prophets: a global theology of climate change’ declared Christian Aid's belief in our responsibility to address climate change. It states: ‘We have, for too long, imagined the relationship between God, humankind... and the rest of creation as a vertical structure. We have seen ourselves as having ‘dominion’ over creation... even when we have tried to take seriously the idea of ourselves as ‘stewards’, with a God-given responsibility to care for creation, we have sometimes thought too highly of ourselves, and so exploited creation without regard to other creatures or even to all other people.’
In reality we are part of the community of creation, rather than lords over it. We have often concentrated far more on our mission to steward the rest of creation, than on our own status as creatures. We need to, as Dr Rowan Williams puts it, regain a sense that our relationship to the earth is about communion not consumption.
Wisdom’s voice calls us to remember who were meant to be, a delightful people who care for creation. And on this Trinity Sunday may we dwell in that identity. Delightfully living out of the reassurance that we are justified by faith, at peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ and that ‘God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.’ (Romans 5:1-5)
We believe in a loving God,
whose Word sustains our lives
and the work of our hands in the universe.
God is life.
We believe in God’s son among us
who brought the seeds of life’s renewal.
He lived with the poor to show the meaning of love.
Jesus Christ is Lord.
We believe in the Spirit of Life
who makes us one with God,
whose strength and energy renews our own.
The Spirit is love.
Camillo Torres, Colombia
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